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Posted: Tuesday, May 2, 2006 5:26 pm | Updated: 3:38 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

Kwame Brown, the Los Angeles Lakers’ forward who Los Angeles police say is under investigation for sexual assault, played Tuesday night in Phoenix vs. the Suns in Game 5 of the teams’ playoff series. The alleged assault took place in the early hours of Saturday after the teams’ had played Game 3 of the series on Friday night, police said.

“I can’t talk about it,” Brown said in the Lakers' locker room.

Brown, though, issued a statement saying, "I want to assure everyone that I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to the truth coming when this matter is fully investigated.

"However, on the advice of my attorney, I cannot comment futher at this time."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson, while at one point acknowledging “I’m sure it’s a distraction” for Brown, said, “We’re not going to let this pass our way.

“This is a basketball team,” Jackson said. “We’re going to focus on what we have to do.”

Jackson said he talked with Brown and advised him that, “We have three priorities: basketball, basketball and family.”

The Associated Press left a phone message with Brown’s agent, Jeff Wernick. No further details were immediately available.

The Lakers declined comment on the matter.

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