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Sterling Brown
Sterling Brown
Position: G
Born: 02/10/95
Height: 6-5 / 1.96
Weight:230 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Salary: $1,618,520
Sterling Brown: The city of Milwaukee wanted to give me $400,000 to be quiet after cops kneeled on my neck, stood on my ankle, and tased me in a parking lot. But here’s the thing: I can’t be quiet. I rejected the offer because I have a responsibility to be a voice and help change the narrative for my people. In order to do so I have to tell my story, so dialogue and conversations about police brutality can help influence and change a corrupt system. It goes deeper than me just illegally parking. A lot deeper. So here’s my story.
On January 26, 2018, I was on my way home from a friend’s place when I ran into Walgreens for three minutes. When I did, I parked across two handicapped spots. I could have parked in one spot but it was late at night and the parking lot was empty. I figured, I’m just running inside. What’s the worst that could happen? When I came out and headed back to my car, a police officer was approaching at the same time and I didn’t see him at first. He asked me if I had a driver’s license. As I tried to open the door he shoved me back and I moved his hand off me. At that point I knew things might escalate and it wouldn’t just be a simple ticket.
Eventually they put me in the back of the cop car and took me to the police station, where I was thrown in a cell for a few hours. For what? Because I was a Black man with a nice car in the hood. But while I was in there I had time to think and reflect. I had time to turn my anger into fuel. This happens every single day to Black people all across America. Even in the short time while I was in custody, another Black man came in, his eye bleeding, telling everyone he was in there for a traffic stop. When I was finally released the next morning, I went right to shootaround. We had a game that night, and I decided that the best thing I could do was to win.
Bucks guard Sterling Brown, who was tased by Milwaukee police in 2018 after being cited for a parking violation, sees the NBA’s restart in Orlando as an opportunity to campaign for issues of social justice and racial equality. “A lot of eyes will be on us while we’re in Orlando,” he told ESPN on Thursday. “People can actually see us and see our messages that we can give while we’re playing or at halftime, before a game or whatever. There’s a lot of ways to get out key messages and I feel like I want to take advantage of that. We’ve got a platform like none other. We’ve got resources like none other.”
Storyline: Orlando Bubble
Brown isn’t a member of the NBA players coalition, which is currently pushing back on the summer restart because of issues they feel are more important to the black community. But he doesn’t think their point of view needs to create division in the league. “I don’t disagree with guys that want to sit out, they’re definitely doing it for a good cause, they’re doing it for a good reason. But me, personally, I feel like it’s an opportunity for me to use more of our platform and our resources to continue to bring awareness and shine light,” Brown said.

A glass cabinet inside of principal Patrick Hardy’s office at Proviso East High School preserves a ton of school history, most notably yearbooks from 1963 to 1966. Those pages feature young revolutionary Fred Hampton, who would go on to become an Illinois Black Panther Party leader, who died at the age of 21 after his assassination in 1969. Hampton’s history is an important subject at Proviso East and in the community of Maywood. Hardy teaches about him to connect the past to the present. A pool less than a mile away from the school is named the Fred Hampton Aquatic Center. And Hampton’s family is working to turn his childhood home into a museum. Milwaukee Bucks guard and fellow Proviso East alum Sterling Brown remembers hearing about Hampton when he was growing up.
“We used to go to the Fred Hampton Pool a lot, so I was aware of who he was and his story, but I didn’t understand what he was doing and his role with the Black Panthers and their whole movement until I got a little bit older, and that’s some things that I take deeply,” Brown said. “Like, he’s from where I’m from, his house was in the same neighborhood, so that’s something that I can’t avoid.
“I can’t avoid history and I can’t avoid my history,” Brown continued. “That says something, growing up in the same community as a guy like that, so I definitely did my research. I definitely know what he was fighting for and know what his cause was and it’s still being sought after today and still being felt today by everybody, and I’m one of those.” Fifty years after Hampton’s death, Brown has embraced his own role as an activist. The 25-year-old has an ongoing civil rights lawsuit against the city of Milwaukee. In January, he told ESPN that his decision to reject the city’s $400,000 settlement offer, after alleging police officers used excessive force when they used a stun gun on him following a parking violation in January 2018, wasn’t about the money.
Sterling Brown said sacrifices players make for college basketball include late nights and time away from family. “Those who got the bigger names are going to have a bigger chance to go to the NBA and fulfill their dreams financially and on the basketball side,” the younger Brown said. “And some who got big names on campus are not really going to get that shot all the time, so if they can get a little something while they’re in college and while they got that hype and that buzz around their name and everybody is buying their jersey, everybody is watching them and following them, and they can help their family, why not?”
In December 2018, Shannon and Sterling created, “The Brown Brothers SALUTE Foundation” which is dedicated to providing low-income neighborhoods much needed resources for their communities’ youth. This year, the foundation teamed up with PTHS District 209 to host a skills clinic from Dec. 26-29 for kids from fifth through 12th grade. Outside of being able to have a place to play the game they love, the participants got a chance to talk with the Brown brothers who both have NBA experience.
Having gone through similar camps when they were growing up in Maywood, the Browns understand what it means to young people to have the attention of NBA players. “I remember going to Michael Finley’s and Tim Hardaway’s basketball camps and guys would come around and interact with us,” said Shannon. “They shook our hands, talking to us, bringing in guys like Ray Allen and Jamal Crawford. It’s huge that [the kids] get to feel the same thing because I know for me personally, they gave us hope.”
“Right now it’s a long process, it’s still ongoing,” Brown said during a roundtable discussion at Racine Correctional Institution, where the Bucks hosted a game in collaboration with the Represent Justice Campaign. “They tried to throw a few dollar amounts at me just to get me to shut up, and I really couldn’t take it because I’m not doing it for myself anymore, I’m doing it for everybody else around,” he said.
Following Wednesday’s practice, Brown reiterated his stance that this move is about more than a financial gain to him. “They tried to get me to settle for it. I feel like it was just a slap in the face and I can’t go into too many details but there’s other things that we’re trying to push,” Brown told ESPN. “The money is not the biggest concern. It’s not a priority for me. It’s the other things involved so we’re going to keep fighting.”
Attorneys for Milwaukee Bucks guard Sterling Brown have asked a federal judge to reject a $400,000 settlement offer of judgment from the city of Milwaukee. “Mr. Brown deserves more than a mere apology,” his lawyer, Mark Thomsen, told ESPN’s The Undefeated. “He, as any human being, citizen of the USA, is entitled to an express vindication that his constitutional rights have been violated. He is entitled to no less.”
Storyline: Sterling Brown Arrest
“I fully anticipate that any settlement that doesn’t include an admission that they violated Mr. Brown’s civil rights will go nowhere,” Brown’s attorney Mark Thomsen said after the Common Council vote. “We can’t heal in this city without that.” He said the $400,000 approved is not sufficient and undervalues the insult inflicted on Brown. He hasn’t talked with Brown about a specific sum.
You’ve played alongside so many NBA players while in college, too. Are you still in touch with them? JF: I’ve played alongside Sterling Brown, Shake Milton, Ben Moore and Semi Ojeleye and I’m in touch with all of them. The person I talk to the most is Shake, he was my roommate for three years in college. We talk on the phone every day and all of us have a group message where we share daily devotionals. All of them have their own way of helping me. They’re all great guys who have given me advice about becoming and staying a pro. They keep me focused on the task at hand and what’s to come in the future. They all believe in me. I also talk to my former teammate Sedrick Barefield who transferred and that’s my guy. I am so happy to see him persevere and be the player he was in college. He works so hard and has the right mind and he has a bright future. It’s a big family.
The city of Milwaukee wants to offer Bucks guard Sterling Brown $400,000 to settle his lawsuit alleging that police used excessive force when they used a stun gun to arrest him over a parking violation. The Journal Sentinel reports that the city’s Common Council has scheduled a June 10 vote on whether to extend the offer. City attorneys are asking officials to authorize it. Brown filed a federal lawsuit last year that also accuses police of targeting him because he’s black. There’s no indication that Brown would accept such an offer.