Brown hasn't been interviewed by police for assault
LOS ANGELES -- Police said Kwame Brown has not yet been interviewed about allegations that the Lakers center was involved in a sexual assault.
The 24-year-old Brown denied any wrongdoing in a statement released shortly before he scored 14 points in the Lakers' 114-97 playoff loss on Tuesday night in Phoenix.
"I'm just staying grounded and staying with my family," Brown said after practice Wednesday in El Segundo. "I'm confident it will get resolved. You've just got to roll with the punches -- life goes on. I just come out and play. You've got to go to work every day, don't you?"
He declined further comment on the matter, but did talk basketball. The Lakers lead the Suns 3-2 in the best-of-seven first-round Western Conference series.
"It's a must-win for us," he said of Thursday night's Game 6 at Staples Center. "We definitely don't want to go back to Phoenix."
Police spokeswoman April Harding said Brown has not been approached by investigators and declined to release any details of the allegation.
"This investigation is definitely in its preliminary stages," she said.
Brown's attorney, Brian O'Neill, declined comment.
"I can't and I won't" while the investigation continued, he told The Associated Press by telephone Wednesday.
Police said Tuesday that they were investigating a report of a sexual assault from early Saturday, hours after Los Angeles beat Phoenix in Game 3.
Police did not say when the report was filed or by whom. No charges have been filed.
"I want to assure everyone that I am completely innocent of any wrongdoing and look forward to the truth coming out when this matter is fully investigated," Brown said in a statement issued through the team office shortly before Tuesday night's game.
Copyright 2006 by The Associated Press