The Boston Globe recently spoke with Dee Brown, the former Boston Celtics player who was in town on New Year’s Eve as a member of the Sacramento Kings coaching staff, and naturally his infamous Wellesley incident came up.
If you don’t recall, Brown and his fiancee were stopped by a handful of Wellesley police officers with guns drawn in September of 1990 after he was misidentified by a bank employee as a suspect in a robbery. The 21-year-old basketball pro was released once he showed identification, but the damage was done at a time when the Boston area’s racial tensions were flaring in the wake of the Charles Stuart case.
A snippet here from the Globe’s Sunday article:
Brown said he was not embittered by the incident. “My experience, other than the initial one, which I don’t think had anything to do [with racism], it was a case of mistaken identity,” he said. “There’s tension in Boston like there’s tension in New York, tension everywhere else. I really don’t get too caught up in it. The fans are great. They love their Celtics. They love their Bruins and their Patriots.
“I think nowadays, it’s not so much a black and white thing, it’s a green thing: money and Celtics. If you’ve got cap space and guys want to play here, I don’t think an African-American would not come to Boston.”
Brown actually lived briefly in Wellesley Hills after the incident.