- The Washington Times - Tuesday, April 30, 2002

Washington Wizards forward Kwame Brown was arrested on Saturday for driving 120 mph as he raced against a motorcycle on a highway in central Georgia.
Brown, driving a new Mercedes S500, was stopped in a construction zone on Interstate 16 in Laurens County a zone in which the speed limit was 60 mph. He posted a cash bond of $1,200 and was released. Brown, the No.1 overall draft pick a year ago, cooperated throughout the arrest, county sheriffs said. Alcohol was not involved.
"He remained calm throughout, but the one thing he did tell us several times was that Michael [Jordan] was going to be mad at him," said Sgt. Kirk Hartwell, the officer who stopped Brown.
Brown's driver's license will be suspended for a year in accordance with a Georgia law that mandates a suspension for all speeding violations of more than 24 miles above the posted limit committed by drivers under 21. Brown is 20.
The arrest marks another setback in Brown's adjustment to the adult life of pro sports after being the first pick in last year's NBA draft. Joining the Wizards straight out of high school from Brunswick, Ga., Brown averaged 4.5 points and often struggled to mesh both into the play and lifestyle of the NBA.
Brown and his agent, Arn Tellem, were unavailable to comment yesterday. Wizards officials declined to comment.
Brown's arrest is believed to be the first for the Wizards since former guard Rod Strickland received his third citation for drunken driving in January 2001. During the late 1990s, legal troubles by former players Strickland, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber and Michael Smith presented a fairly constant source of embarrassment for the team.
Brown was not the only one arrested Saturday in that area, located about 55 miles east of Macon, Ga.
"It was one of those days where everyone was in a hurry," said sheriff's captain Larry Davidson. "We stopped more than a dozen people driving in excess of 100 mph that day."
A court date for Brown was set for June 17.

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