Reported details have emerged painting a bloody scene outside a Miami strip club that left Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown hospitalized early Monday.
The Houston Rockets released a statement Monday that Brown “was the victim of an assault” and “suffered facial lacerations but will make a full recovery.” Few other details of the incident were reported at the time.
According to the report, Brown and some of his Rockets teammates made a trip to the Booby Trap around midnight on Monday. The Rockets were staying in a Coral Gables hotel ahead of Monday’s game against the Miami Heat after playing the Orlando Magic Sunday afternoon. The Rockets chose to stay in Coral Gables to put some distance between the team and Miami nightlife, according to the report.
Upon exiting the club, Brown mistakenly tried to board the wrong van, according to the report, prompting an exchange of words with its occupants that escalated to violence. A source told that the van’s occupants all proceeded to beat Brown, with one attacker hitting him in the back of his head with a bottle, “leaving blood everywhere.”
Brown’s teammate Kevin Porter Jr. intervened to protect Brown and got “roughed up” in the process, according to the report. Several of Brown’s teammates had reportedly already left the establishment prior to the attack.
Porter was well enough to play against the Heat on Monday. Brown, who had been sidelined with a knee injury, did not. The Rockets cited Brown’s knee injury as the reason for his absence Monday.
According to a Miami-Dade Police Department report, police found Brown “with multiple lacerations throughout his body” after responding to a call about a fight.
Brown “kept insisting he did not want to provide his information,” according to the police report. He was admitted to Jackson Memorial Hospital after 7 a.m., according to the report.
When he arrived at the emergency room, “blood was everywhere, dripped all over the floor,” according to the report. Doctors reportedly feared that Brown could have suffered blood clotting because of his head injuries.
“If he hadn’t been as physically strong and tough, he might not have made it out of the situation [Sunday] night,” a source told. “He could have died.” After receiving stitches and undergoing testing, Brown was discharged Monday afternoon. A league spokesperson told that it is investigating the incident and is “hopeful that Sterling makes a full recovery.”
Rockets coach Stephen Silas responded to questions about the assault ahead of Houston’s game against the Utah Jazz Wednesday. The rookie head coach who was dealing with a tumultuous Rockets season prior to the attack on Brown told reporters he’s trying to “focus on the controllable.”
“It’s not an easy situation,” Silas said. “That’s the job. That’s what I’m here for. My job is to lead us through these choppy waters. My job is to hopefully help the players navigate all that’s kind of going on around them. …
“There’s obviously a lot that’s uncontrollable. It’s not like I can’t worry about those things. But I can do what I can do. Staying strong, staying positive, staying all of those things during these times is what’s necessary. That’s what I’m doing.”
Silas also told reporters that Porter has been placed in the NBA’s health and safety protocols and won’t be available to play the next three games against the Jazz, Los Angeles Clippers and Denver Nuggets. The reported outing to the strip club violates the NBA’s COVID-19 protocols prohibiting players from attending bars and clubs.
Silas also confirmed that “Sterling is here in Huston and recovering.”