When news of Sterling Brown‘s attack that left him with multiple lacerations first surfaced, Houston Rockets fans were blindsided, as the news came out of nowhere. Brown has been out of action since the Houston Rockets faced off against the Golden State Warriors on April 10th due to a sore left knee, and has been off the radar since getting injured.
In fact, many were unaware of the fact that Brown even made the trip to Florida with the team, in advance of their back-to-back sequence of games against the Orlando Magic and Miami Heat. Following the Rockets’ victory in Orlando, the team made the 235.6 mile trek to South Beach, where the team landed on the same night.
Details emerge regarding Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown’s whereabouts prior to assault
It was there that Brown was assaulted, as he was struck in the face with a bottle outside of a club. More details began to surface regarding Brown’s whereabouts shortly after Charania’s report on Monday evening, as it was reported that the incident occurred at the Booby Trap on the River strip club in Miami.
According to Andy Slater of South Florida’s Fox Sports radio, Brown and another individual were leaving the strip club when the gruesome attack happened around 7 AM.
SLATER SCOOP: Sterling Brown’s incident outside Booby Trap strip club happened around 7 a.m., police sources tell me.
Brown and somebody he was with refused to give cops their names.
Brown, however, was taken to the hospital by fire rescue and had to give his ID to paramedics.
— Andy Slater (@AndySlater) April 20, 2021
Fortunately Brown is expected to make a full recovery, but the NBA announced that they are looking into the incident, leaving many to speculate whether NBA commissioner Adam Silver could be seeking to identify whether or not Brown broke the league’s COVID protocol. The Rockets looked deflated during Monday night’s game against the Heat, as it was clear that the situation affected them, which coach Stephen Silas admitted after their 113-91 blowout loss.
“Probably at the beginning, but we snapped out of it. We gave up 21 points in the first 6 minutes and we held them to 9 in the rest of the quarter. Maybe the emotion of the day caught up to us towards the end.
We looked tired towards the end of the game and we were short on all of our threes, and we were getting some good looks. We were short on our closeouts to their 3-point shooters, so maybe some of it is the emotion of what’s been going on with the group.”
Silas added that he wasn’t sure if Brown was going to make the trip back to Houston with the rest of the team or whether he would have to stay back in Miami for medical treatment. Brown has averaged 8.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 1.4 assists on 24 minutes and has played stellar enough to land a multi-year deal this summer, compared to the veteran’s minimum deal that he signed last offseason.