Lakers guard Shannon Brown was served papers in a civil case filed against him in Denver before the team’s Game 6 win over the Nuggets Friday, Brown’s agent Mark Bartelstein confirmed Sunday afternoon.
Brown is being sued in civil court for an alleged sex-related incident a Denver woman claims took place in late January, while Brown was still a member of the Charlotte Bobcats. He was traded to the Lakers on February 7.
Bartelstein said that Denver prosecutors investigated the incident but it “was dismissed very quickly.”
“We did our own investigation and came to the same conclusion,” Bartelstein said. “I find it sad that now when he’s having success, someone is going to come after him with a civil charge.
“The authorities looked at it and found no basis. I just think it’s kind of sad what goes on in our society. These guys have some success and now someone is going to come after him in civil court. That’s why I want to get out there and publicly make sure people know what the situation is.”
Brown will be an unrestricted free agent in the offseason. He has been a surprising star during the Lakers playoff run, coming off the bench as a defensive stopper and making highlight-reel dunks that have endeared him to fans. He is averaging 5.7 points in the playoffs.
“Right now he’s enjoying every moment of being a Laker,” Bartelstein said. “His entire focus is on trying to win a championship. He’s hoping to have a long career with the Lakers.”