EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ-Local police in New Jersey have announced they are monitoring a hostage situation involving several Georgetown students and former Hoya basketball player Fred Brown. According to witnesses, Brown who arrived in East Rutherford to attend the NCAA East Regional Final was spotted by a group of Hoya students who immediately rushed the former player and forced him into a white van outside his hotel. Police received word from the kidnappers two hours later saying they were holding Brown and demanded that Brown be removed to a location far enough away from the arena as not to “screw Georgetown out of another NCAA Tournament.”
“There was no ransom demand or any request for money only the demand that Brown be taken out of the juristiction” said police spokesman Jason Connolley. “We responded that we would be unable to fufill such a request”
Connolley went on to say that the kidnappers stated they would simply hold Brown at an undisclosed location until 7:30 PM when they would be glad to release him. Brown, who was the starting point guard for the 1982 NCAA runner-up Georgetown team is often held responsible for the Hoyas’ loss since he mistakenly passed the ball to UNC forward James Worthy in the waning seconds with his team trailing by one. The miscue cost the Hoyas even an opportunity to attempt a game winning shot and effectively sealed UNC’s national championship.
Despite rumors swirling around the arena, police denied any involvement by former Georgetown center Patrick Ewing, father of current Hoya player Patrick Ewing, Jr. or former coach John Thompson who is also father of current head coach John Thompson III. According to one eyewitness, Ewing was seen speaking with a small group of Hoya supporters after seeing Brown outside the hotel. Ewing could not be reached for comment but issued a statement saying he is praying for the safe return of Brown and is hoping the kidnappers check the uniforms of the people they deliver Brown to before they actually release him.
“Obviously emotions are still running high after all these years” Connolley said, “then again if I had a teammate throw the ball to someone on the other team despite the fact they were clearly wearing white uniforms and we had dark gray on I cannot say how I might react”
Former Hoya player Allen Iverson was automatically included as a suspect as a matter of policy and then excluded when it was discovered he was in Colorado.
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