Giannis Antetokounmpo weighs in on ‘disturbing’ Sterling Brown arrest video
Giannis Antetokounmpo has pledged complete support for Milwaukee Bucks teammate Sterling Brown, who was the subject of a controversial arrest in January, an incident Antetokounmpo called “disturbing.”
Brown was arrested on Jan. 26 by the Milwaukee Police Department in relation to a parking violation. While jailed for a short time, Brown was never formally charged with a crime.
Body-camera footage documenting the arrest released in May shows Brown was tasered and taken to the ground during the incident. The arrest occurred after police approached Brown over his vehicle being double-parked in a handicap zone outside of a Milwaukee Walgreens.
Antetokounmpo insisted during an interview this week at the launch party for EA Sports’ “NBA 2K19” that Brown has his total support.
“I’m going to have his back no matter what,” Antetokounmpo said, via CBS News. “What I saw from the video was disturbing.”
Brown has since filed a civil rights suit against the Milwaukee Police Department citing excessive force by the officers. Milwaukee city attorney Grant Langley, in a court filing in federal court submitted last week, laid at least some of the blame on Brown.
“At the end of the day, I’m always going to have my brother’s back,” Antetokounmpo said. “That’s all that matters. I had a chance to talk to him and I told him, ‘whatever you need, I’m here.’ As a team, we talked about it, we told him, ‘no matter what you believe, that was wrong. We’re going to have your back.'”
The Bucks organization in May pledged “full support” for Brown as well, and doubled down on that claim in a statement issued last week.