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Reports: Bucks rookie Sterling Brown arrested, Tased in parking incident

Milwaukee BucksSterling Brown during an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Aaron Gash)

Milwaukee police arrested Milwaukee Bucks shooting guard Sterling Brown early Friday morning and used a Taser on the rookie during a dispute over blocked parking spaces, according to multiple reports.

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Milwaukee radio station WISN-AM reported Friday afternoon that, after finding a car parked across two handicapped spaces in a Walgreen’s parking lot, city police “were writing a parking ticket on Brown’s Mercedes when Brown confronted them and became combative.” They responded by using a Taser on him and booking him for resisting arrest.

“Milwaukee Police were conducting a business check around 2:00 a.m. on January 26th at Walgreens located at S. 26th Street and W. National Avenue when they encountered a vehicle parked across two disability parking spaces,” Milwaukee Police Sgt. Tim Gauerke told Yahoo Sports in a statement. “Officers spoke with a 22-year-old male and during the incident an electronic control device was deployed and the man was arrested. The circumstances of the incident and the use of force are currently being reviewed by the Department.”

Gauerke did not confirm the identity of the 22-year-old male in his statement. Law enforcement sources confirmed to WISN and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Brown had been arrested.

“We are aware of the situation with Sterling Brown and are looking into it,” the Bucks told Milwaukee NBC affiliate WTMJ in a statement.

The Philadelphia 76ers used the 46th overall pick in the 2017 NBA draft on Brown, a 6-foot-5 shooting guard out of SMU. The Bucks paid the Sixers $1.9 million to acquire the draft rights to Brown, a second-team all-AAC selection as a senior who shot 45.1 percent from 3-point range at the college level.

Brown has made 21 appearances for Milwaukee this season, averaging 3.5 points and 1.8 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game. He’s seen his playing time increase recently, averaging 22.3 minutes per game over his last five outings, including a pair of starts in place of superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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