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Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Lakers' Brown faces misdemeanor charges in Georgia

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- Los Angeles Lakers center Kwame Brown, charged with disorderly conduct and interfering with a police officer after his cousin was charged with drunken driving last weekend, claimed Wednesday it was simply a misunderstanding.

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"The truth will come out like it always does," Brown said after the Lakers' second day of practice at their training camp. "I can't go into any case that's open."

Brown faces misdemeanor charges after police in Valdosta, Ga., pulled over Charles Warren Jr. early Saturday for driving the wrong way down a one-way street, Lt. Bobbi McGraw said earlier Wednesday.

"We're aware of it. We've talked to Kwame about it," Lakers spokesman John Black said. "We are satisfied from what he told us and our internal investigation into it that there is not a whole lot to it. Until the investigation is fully concluded, it would be inappropriate for us to comment further."

Police questioned Warren about the strong smell of alcohol in his vehicle. Brown approached the officers and told them he was Warren's cousin and the vehicle belonged to the basketball player, McGraw said.

She said there was no indication Brown was in the car, but that he happened to be in the area, adding Brown became disruptive and tried to interfere with the officers' investigation, which led to his arrest.

Brown was released shortly after his arrest. He likely will appear in court on the charges within two months, McGraw said.

"I wasn't in the car -- at all," Brown said. "I walked up. That wasn't in the police report. I would never have been in the car when somebody was driving drunk."

Lakers coach Phil Jackson said Brown spoke to him Tuesday about the incident and apologized.

"We want to see how it's handled," Jackson said. "There are some off-the-court things we talked about that he has to monitor."

The 25-year-old Brown averaged 8.4 points, 6.0 rebounds and a career-best 1.2 blocked shots in 41 games last season. He had offseason operations on his left ankle and right shoulder, but hopes to be ready to play when the season starts Oct. 30.