Bighorns Release Damone Brown

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A former NBA player was released from an NBA Developmental League team on Friday, a day after his arrest on a felony count of money laundering in connection with a New York drug-related case.

Starting forward Damone Brown of the Reno Bighorns was released
so he can focus attention on "personal business," said Jason
Glover, team president and assistant coach.

"At this point, he needs time to take care of his own issues
and business, and not worry about basketball," Glover told The
Associated Press.

Brown, a Syracuse star before being drafted by the Philadelphia
76ers in the second round of the 2001 NBA draft, probably will not
return before the end of the season, Glover added.

The Bighorns' regular season ends April 11.

In U.S. District Court in Reno on Thursday, Brown was ordered
released on his own recognizance pending a March 11 preliminary
hearing in Buffalo, N.Y.

Brown, 29, is accused of leasing a safe deposit box at Citizens
Bank in Buffalo that was used by a drug kingpin to store proceeds.
Authorities seized $170,000 from the box before Brown's arrest in

The Buffalo native also played in the NBA with New Jersey,
Toronto, Washington and Indiana.

Glover praised Brown's conduct during his time with the team but
declined to elaborate.

"We can't really comment on anything further for legal
reasons," he said.

An FBI agent was shot and wounded Thursday during a roundup of
suspects in an alleged cocaine distribution ring, a Buffalo-area
sweep that also led to Brown's arrest.

The agent was among law-enforcement officers who rounded up 31
people who were charged with participating in the ring.

The 6-foot-9 Brown averaged 15.9 points a game this season for
the affiliate of the Sacramento Kings and New York Knicks.