Los Angeles was happier to finish off their series with Denver than you know. It seems every time a Laker goes to Colorado — BAM! — one of them goes on trial for something sexual. The latest is Shannon Brown, who’s being sued for what’s ominously called a “sex-related incident.”
The incident dates back to January, when Brown was with the Charlotte Bobcats on a road trip to Denver. Police investigated but declined to pursue charges, and the Lakers weren’t even informed of it when they traded for Brown. But as we’ve learned from another SoCal athlete, criminal cases and civil cases are two different things.
“The truth is going to come out. I didn’t do nothing. I’m innocent and we’re just going to let it take its course,” Brown said.
Brown’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, says police looked into the woman’s claim within a day or two after she made her complaint, and “prosecutors found nothing to pursue.” He says the Bobcats looked into it, and Brown hired a private investigator, and both came to the same conclusion.
“There was absolutely nothing to it,” Bartelstein said. “I find it very interesting all of a sudden Shannon Brown has some success and someone decides to sue him civilly. People can draw their own conclusions. I stand by Shannon Brown. Everything Shannon has said to me as to what happened, the prosecutor verifies.”
So, yeah, I know the burden of proof is much lower for a civil suit, and I know we’re only hearing Brown’s side of the story for now, but I don’t think we’re in for the trial of the century. But the Lakers must still be thrilled that they disposed of the Nuggets before this hit the news: