St. John's Release Zach Brown After Multiple Arrests

By Miguel Torres, Posted: 01/19/17 01:02AM EST
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Superstar NCAA big man Zach Brown will not be able to fulfill his commitments to the St. John's Red Storm.

According to a report by ESPN.com, Brown was released from his letter of intent to St. John's after his multiple run-ins with the law since the spring of 2016. As confirmed by Red Storm head coach and former NBA star Chris Mullin in a statement, the decision was agreed upon by both parties.

"It was a mutual decision to release Zach from his national letter of intent. We wish him the best of luck."

When he was in South Florida, Brown was involved in a robbery incident in Miami Beach in May of the previous year, and he was also charged with fraudulent use of a credit card. CBS Miami confirmed that the young player was arrested and formally slapped with two counts of robbery by sudden snatching, armed robbery, and fraudulent credit card, which amounted to more than $100.

Brown, who at the time was only 18 years of age, was then taken to the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center and was held on a $25,000 bond. At the time, he was already a top prospect, ranked number 25 overall by ESPN.

Earlier this month, Brown was involved in another robbery incident at a Walgreens Mart in Hollywood, Florida. According to SlaterScoops.com, Brown, along with his brother Clayton attempted to rob the store's cash register, but failed. The entire incident was caught on the shop's surveillance camera.

The two men were able to drive off, but witnesses were able to tag their vehicle and report it to the police. Upon being caught, arresting officers claimed to have found five-dollar bills worth $135 inside Zach's front pocket. His brother Clayton, meanwhile was found to have $30 in his jacket pocket.

The two men were charged with first degree petit theft. Zach was also found to have been driving with a suspended license and expired tags on his vehicle, which he also received a ticket for. No details of what his next move may be, but at this point, it isn't looking good for his career. 



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