Brown's agent: Suit yet to be filed

Updated: August 13, 2009, 6:09 PM ET
By Shelley Smith |

LOS ANGELES -- The agent for Lakers reserve guard Shannon Brown said Thursday that paperwork has not been filed after Brown was served in June with a notice of intent to file a civil suit by a woman alleging a sexual assault.

In June, Mark Bartelstein told ESPN that a woman had served Brown with papers notifying him that she was filing the case. After reviewing the papers, Bartelstein said he had been misinformed, and the letter served to his client before a playoff game against the Denver Nuggets was actually an "intent" to file a document rather than the civil suit itself.

John Clune, the attorney for the accuser, had no comment when reached Thursday. Colorado has a six-year statute on filing of civil suits.

Bartelstein had said the suit stemmed from an incident when Brown was a member of the Charlotte Bobcats, who played in Denver on Jan. 30.

Brown, who averaged 4.9 points a game in 21 playoff games during the Lakers' run to this year's NBA championship, had been traded to the Lakers on Feb. 7, and the Lakers announced his re-signing July 8. No terms were released.

Shelley Smith is a reporter for ESPN.

Shelley Smith

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Shelley Smith joined ESPN in January 1997 after working part-time as a reporter for the network since 1993. She has covered Super Bowls, the NBA Finals, the BCS championship game, the Stanley Cup playoffs, golf and tennis championships and more.