Woman intends to sue Brown

Updated: June 3, 2009, 10:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

Los Angeles Lakers point guard Shannon Brown has been notified of an intent to sue him in civil court for an alleged sex-related incident with a woman in Denver, Brown's agent, Mark Bartelstein confirmed to ESPN's Shelley Smith on Sunday.

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Bartelstein said the suit stems from an incident when Brown was playing for the Charlotte Bobcats, who played in Denver on Jan. 30. Brown was traded to the Lakers on Feb. 7.

Bartelstein said that within 24-48 hours after the woman filed a police report, Denver police fully investigated her claims. A Denver police spokesman told ESPN.com on Monday that the police sent their findings to the district attorney, who declined to pursue the matter further.

Bartelstein said the Bobcats were told immediately of the incident and team security staff conducted its own investigation and "came to the same conclusion." In addition, he said Brown also hired a private investigator to look into the woman's claims "to know all the facts."

"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."

Under Colorado law, a plaintiff is urged to file an intent to sue and has two years to actually file the suit against an alleged assailant.

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Bartelstein said he and Brown first learned of the civil suit when Brown was served papers in Denver on Friday as the Lakers closed out the Denver Nuggets in Game 6 of the Western Conference finals.

"The truth is going to come out. I didn't do nothing. I'm innocent and we're just going to let it takes its course," Brown said.

The Lakers were not told about the alleged incident during trade talks in February, Bartelstein said, because police never pursued it and they considered it a "nonissue."

Lakers vice president of public relations John Black confirmed that papers were served and said the Lakers consider this a "private legal matter" and would not comment.

Brown averaged 3.2 points per game in 18 regular-season games with the Lakers. He added 1.1 rebounds per game and 0.6 assists. He shot 52.4 percent on field goals; 66.7 percent from the 3-point line.

In the playoffs, Brown has averaged 5.7 points per game with 1.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists.