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.