TORONTO (AP) -- A court decision that overturned the drunken driving conviction of former NBA player Dee Brown was upheld by an appeals court, ruling his arrest was due to racial profiling.
In the decision issued Wednesday, the Ontario Court of Appeals said Brown's 1999 arrest was unconstitutional because he was singled out as a black man who was casually dressed and driving an expensive vehicle. Brown, a member of the Orlando Magic's front office, played for the Toronto Raptors at the time.
The appeals court also said the trial judge ignored evidence of racial profiling and had a negative view of the arguments in Brown's defense.
Brown was convicted in July 2000 of drunken driving. Superior Court Justice Brian Trafford later threw out the conviction and ordered a new trial, and the prosecution appealed.