Brown accused of brandishing weapon

Updated: May 12, 2005, 3:48 PM ET
Associated Press

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Former Virginia basketball player Elton Brown was arrested and charged with brandishing a gun during a fight with an acquaintance over a woman, police said Thursday.

Brown, co-captain of the 2004-05 team and a senior at the university, was charged Wednesday and released on $1,500 bond, Albemarle County Police Sgt. Pam Greenwood said.

The 6-foot-9 forward was also charged by university police on one count of carrying a concealed weapon, county police Lt. John Teixeira said.

Both charges are misdemeanors, each punishable by up to one year in jail or a $2,500 fine.

In a sworn complaint, Derrick Jones said the fight outside a local mall stemmed from a disagreement over a woman. Jones ran into Brown at the store where the woman works, and the two agreed to step outside and fight, Jones said.

Brown walked to his truck and returned with a gun, said Jones, who then called 911. Brown returned to his truck and drove away, Jones said.

Brown was pulled over on campus by university police, who discovered a weapon in his truck, Teixeira said.

Virginia sports information director Rich Murray said the school would allow the legal matter to run its course, but had no additional comment on the matter.

Brown led the team in rebounding with an 8.1 average and was second on the team in scoring, averaging 12.8 points a game.


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