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Ex-Eagle Monroe Brown Dead at 41

The former basketball star died in Havre de Grace on March 9.


Monroe Brown, a former Aberdeen High School basketball star, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 41.

Brown, who starred at before going on to Penn State and eventually a career as a college coach, had battled drug use in recent years.

According to The York Dispatch, Brown—known as "Monnie"—died in his Havre de Grace home on March 9.

and the responded to an incident in the 800 block of Conesteo St. the afternoon of March 9. The residence belonged to Evelyn and Monroe C. Brown, according to state tax records.

Police could not confirm at the time of the incident that Brown was involved.

, Brown was arrested by  on March 1 and charged with possession of marijuana and possession of a controlled dangerous substance other than marijuana.

An Explore Harford story from March 6 noted that Brown was due for a preliminary hearing on March 28 after being released on $15,000 bond.

The same article noted that Brown was deemed a "drug kingpin" after he and 38 others were "arrested in November 1997 in connection with an alleged drug ring that police said was responsible for distributing cocaine with a street value of more than $1.2 million in Harford County."

Before building a name for himself at Penn State, Brown was a star basketball player at .

The Penn State athletics website noted that Brown was a contributor on teams that "generated one of the most successful eras in Nittany Lion basketball history."

According to the same GoPSUSports.com report, Brown was a four-year starter for the Nittany Lions and a team captain in 1992. In those four years, Penn State won 20 games each year, and compiled 87 wins—the most in any four-year span in school history, the report stated.

According to the Penn State athletics site, Brown is the 16th all-time leading scorer in school history with 1,244 points. His 239 steals are still second all-time high, and he was one of just three players in school history to achieve 1,000 points, 400 rebounds and 400 assists. 

He served as a Penn State assistant in the 1995-96 season, when Penn State finished a school-best 12-6 in Big Ten play.

A viewing is scheduled for 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday at in Havre de Grace, followed by a 1 p.m. Mass at . The burial service will be private, according to Lisa Scott Funeral Home

W.L.KELLY March 15, 2012 at 02:07 AM
The man has pasted and YOU ALL (THE MEDIA) Still won't let him rest..... He was a REAL COOL PERSON...... But let YOU ALL ( THE MEDIA ) Tell the story he was this BAD guy!!!!!! Just Because He played Basketball in High school and college YOU ALL Won't let this story Rest....People make mistakes in life and YOU ALL ( THE MEDIA ) Pick on them for some Reason..... Can You Tell me WHY?????? Can the person or persons that Keeps on writing all what this man did in the past EXPLAIN TO ME WHY?????? Can You let this man Rest in PEACE.... AND HIS FAMILY& FRIEND LAY HIM TO REST....I Really think YOU ALL ARE LOW- LIFES......
Liz Gullion DeBoard March 15, 2012 at 02:24 AM
you are really some disgusting people. Have some respect for his friends and family. Who cares what happened so many years ago. He was a great person & loved by many of us. Neither him or his family deserve this disrespect. Let him rest in peace.
Rachel Elizabeth March 15, 2012 at 02:35 AM
Wow, so many people I know have passed away recently. Monnie was not this horrible "king drugpin" everyone who didn't know him keeps making him out to be.
Kandy Rutherford March 15, 2012 at 02:38 AM
The person that wrote this should be ashamed. No respect for this mans loved ones. All this article does is showcase the smalled minded, gossipy mentallity of some people. You owe this mans family an apology in writing.
Cindy Coleman March 15, 2012 at 04:29 AM
Have some respect for this man's family and allow them this time to grieve. Everyone makes mistakes and learn from them. You are making him out to be something that he was not. He was a kind, loving, and fun person. Now that he is an angel he is at peace away from all this mess. R.I.P. Monnie and may God keep his family @ peace and in his arms...we love you and you will be missed but never forgotten!
jao March 15, 2012 at 07:22 AM
No one should blame a Reporter for shedding the light on this man's character. We should all learn to live decent, honorable lives. When our mistakes are mentioned - it is for other people to learn from them.
cj rogers March 15, 2012 at 09:48 AM
Sean your a great reporter. Sometimes the truth hurts if your caught up in a multi million dollar drug ring and get the king pin tag, that is some serious stuff. So just cause he is dead we should just remember the good? That doesn't happen. Keep up the good work.
Michelle Kenly March 15, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Gone but NEVER forgotten. When I think of Monnie, I think of that million dollar smile he has. Words will never be able to bring our dear friend back, but what we can do is keep HONORING Monroe by remembering the good times. Yesterday is History - Monnie left us many memories to last a lifetime! Tomorrow is a mystery - For we know not the day nor the hour in which our Lord will come for us. Today is a Gift, Thats why it is called the PRESENT - Family only what you do for Christ will last. We need to realize that the - (dash) is what matters. What will your dash say about you once it is all said and done. Rest in Peace Monnie, your work on this earth is complete. My Condolences to the Brown family and all his wonderful friends!
Zed March 15, 2012 at 12:55 PM
Cj rogers your a clown... Im sure you have no clue who Monnie is and your just being nosey like most people. If you knew monnie you would have never wrote..Rest Peacefully Monnie Score Some Buckets In Heaven
k Conroy March 15, 2012 at 01:05 PM
I.agree with zed. Let the man rest in peace.
derrick March 15, 2012 at 01:23 PM
How do you go from writing about a mans death to digging up dirt from his past........I def understand why his close family and friends would be upset.........not being able to move forward and let people get past the choices they make is a major problem in Harford County and this is a perfect example that no matter how much positive stuff you do after the storm Harford County doesnt believe in change (or that people can) and its a shame..........for all you young brothers still living in that area and apart of that struggle get away take it from somebody who knows that place is not geared toward helping ex-offenders only spot lighting and show casing them (Leave that area and never look back) i had to otherwise i would have always only been known as a drug dealer
derrick March 15, 2012 at 01:28 PM
R.I.P Monnie......You will always be a KING to those of us that really knew you!!!!!!
LMClark March 15, 2012 at 03:08 PM
As a reporter, it is your job to write a story that draws attention. And in today's world, it is often the negative things that do this. With that said, however, I think that when a loved member of our community passes away so unexpectedly, it is in poor taste to include such negative allegations in the article. I understand that the author did not know Monnie personally, so to him it was just words. However, Monnie's friends and family know him as an amazing person who made a few mistakes, but who hasn't? When someone passes away, it is a time to celebrate his life and to remember all of the reasons he is loved. This article could have done a better job accomplishing that.
Gretchin Wilson March 15, 2012 at 03:13 PM
Well said.
Michelle Kenly March 15, 2012 at 07:51 PM
Very well put LMClark. Lets continue to celebrate his life. That is what he would want. We love you Monnie !!
Melissa March 15, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Good Job Zed clowns will be clowns misery likes company and for people to make negative comments on someone's passing shows their true character!! Rest in Paradise Monroe, and give my Mother-in-law a great big hug when you meet in Heaven!!
Daniel Anderson March 16, 2012 at 08:37 AM
RIP http://blog.pennlive.com/davidjones/2012/03/monroe_brown_former_glue-guy_o.html
Sara J Blakeney March 16, 2012 at 01:20 PM
He made his living selling drugs. That was his job, that was his income. He refused to stop selling drugs. He got caught, and Killed himself. boo hoo
FASHIONRB March 16, 2012 at 05:21 PM
WTH? The monnie we know and loved was great basketball with a great smile. Its between him and GOD right now. Everyone falls short, who are we to judged!


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