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.
"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,
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
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.