Graphic footage has emerged from the aftermath of an alleged attack on Rockets star Sterling Brown.
Brown was the victim of an assault in Miami on the night of April 18, according to a statement from the Rockets, which said the guard suffered facial lacerations but will make a full recovery. It was later reported by The Athletic that Brown was jumped by multiple unnamed individuals outside of the Booby Trap strip club — where he was allegedly hit on the head with a bottle and later received medical attention at Jackson Memorial Hospital.
In what appears to be police body-cam footage taken after the incident, Brown can be seen holding his shirt on his head, while covered in blood down to his waist. The 26-year-old also appears to be limping in the footage.
Brown’s teammate, Kevin Porter Jr., is seen in the footage and appears to get into a lively back-and-forth with nearby officers.
Fox Sports radio host Andy Slater, who shared the footage on Wednesday, reported that police opened an internal investigation because of law enforcement’s interactions with Porter Jr. and Brown — which is why the body-cam video is muted.
Porter Jr., who was not listed in the police report obtained by The Athletic, reportedly tried to help protect Brown and remove him from the situation. Porter Jr. was also “roughed up” by the attackers, sources told the outlet.
The incident started over an apparent mix-up in vehicles while leaving the club. Brown accidentally got into the wrong sprinter van, and the individuals inside allegedly attacked him.
Brown was reportedly admitted into a private, priority room in the emergency room on the morning following the attack and was released the same day after receiving treatment. He needed multiple stitches for his facial injuries and underwent several tests, sources told The Athletic.
Rockets head coach, Stephen Silas, said on April 21, “Sterling is here in Houston and recovering.”
Prior to the incident, Brown — who is averaging 8.2 points and 4.4 rebounds this season — missed four games with knee issues. He has not played since the assault, and hasn’t addressed the incident publicly.
Porter Jr., for his part, was placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols after the incident, as the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols prohibit players from attending bars and clubs.
The NBA is reportedly investigating the incident.
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