Police Investigating Altercation Involving Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen got into a nasty altercation outside Nobu restaurant in Los Angeles, TMZ reports. The basketball legend allegedly “knocked out” the man with whom he was fighting.
Pippen, who is 6’8” and weighed more than 225 pounds during his basketball playing days, allegedly left the scene of the fight before police arrived.
The Associated Press reports that the former Chicago Bulls star showed up to be interviewed by police the next day.
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office, told the Chicago Tribute that Scottie Pippen has neither been arrested nor charged for his involvement in the fight.
“Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye,” said Whitmore.
This isn’t the first time that an NBA star has found himself in hot water for being violent off the court.
In 2006, for example, then-Indiana Pacer Stephen Jackson made headlines when he was charged with felony criminal recklessness following a brawl and shooting at a strip club in Indianapolis. Jackson, who last played for the San Antonio Spurs in the 2012-13 season, is also infamous for running into the stands and punching fans during the notorious “Malice at the Palace” in 2004.
Michael Beasley of the Phoenix Suns earned himself some bad press in 2011 when he shoved a heckler during what was supposed to be a “friendly” game with Kevin Durant at Dyckman Park in New York City. Beasley, who then played for the Minnesota Timberwolves, had to be restrained by security after he pushed the fan, ESPN reported at the time.