On the court, the Milwaukee Bucks have plenty to look forward to.
For starters, there’s a new and competent coach in town in the form of Mike Budenholzer. Additionally, Giannis Antetokounmpo remains a superstar on a franchise that desperately needs one. And it just feels like they are one big move (or an actual coach!) away from being competitive in the Eastern Conference. They already have a coach, so things are looking up.
But off the court, one of their players is experiencing another issue entirely. And for the Bucks, not to mention the city of Milwaukee as a whole — and particularly their police department — nothing about it is remotely positive.
Back in January, Milwaukee police offers would use a stun gun on Bucks’ guard Sterling Brown in a Walgreens parking lot. However, per the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Brown plans to sue the Milwaukee Police Department. With footage of the incident set to see the light of day on Wednesday, one thing is particularly striking. Brown apparently does nothing to provoke the officers before being stunned.
“Bucks rookie Sterling Brown plans to file a civil rights lawsuit against the Milwaukee Police Department as a result of being tased and arrested in January, his attorney confirmed. … Three sources who have watched the video told the Journal Sentinel the NBA guard does not appear to do anything to provoke police.”
Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett agrees.
“It was a disturbing video when I saw it, and I know that the police chief feels the same way,” he adds. “And I don’t know exactly what actions his department is going to take, but it is disconcerting to see some of the actions in that video.”
Nothing about this is too surprising, but that doesn’t make the matter any better. The worst part is this, however: if this isn’t an athlete, how big of a story does this become? Maybe local And the fact of the matter is that Brown isn’t even that notable of a name. But he’s an athlete, so naturally this story will receive more attention. That’s good; it needs to. But we also have to keep in mind that this seems to happen on a fairly regular basis. We’re not necessarily talking about incidents that turn fatal, either. We’re just speaking on routine “checks” such as these.
Back on the court, Brown would come over to the Bucks in a deal with the Philadelphia 76ers last summer. While playing 14.4 minutes per contest across 54 appearances, he’d average 4.0 points and 2.6 rebounds.