Posted June 25, 2013

Scottie Pippen questioned by police for alleged assault in California

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Chicago Bulls great Scottie Pippen has reportedly been arrested.

Scottie Pippen (center) has reportedly been questioned by police. (Gary Dineen/Getty Images)

Seven-time NBA All-Star Scottie Pippen was questioned by police in California after allegedly assaulting a man.

TMZ.com reports that Pippen allegedly punched a man on Sunday.

Law enforcement sources tell us, Pippen contacted authorities in Malibu moments ago. We’re told police decided against arresting Pippen after speaking with him. The investigation is ongoing.

TMZ broke the story … Pippen allegedly brutalized an autograph seeker outside Nobu restaurant Sunday night.  The man was knocked out after Pippen allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.

The site reported earlier Monday that Pippen had been arrested, which was incorrect.

The Associated Press reports additional details.

The altercation occurred about 6:30 p.m. Sunday in the parking lot of Nobu restaurant, said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. There was an argument between Pippen and the man, who was taken to a hospital with unspecified injuries, Whitmore said. His condition was not immediately available.

The Chicago Tribune adds a statement from Los Angeles County sheriff’s office spokesman Steve Whitmore.

“He came in to be interviewed, he’s been cooperative,” said Whitmore.

By Monday afternoon, Pippen had been questioned by police and was cooperative, said Whitmore. Pippen was allowed to leave without being charged, said Whitmore.

“Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye,” said Whitmore.

Pippen, 47, won six championships as a member of the Bulls in the 1990s. The 1987 first-round pick holds career averages of 16.1 points, 6.4 rebounds and 5.2 assists over a 17-year career with the Bulls, Rockets and Blazers. He was inducted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Last October, the Bulls named Pippen “senior advisor to team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf” and the three-time All-NBA First Team selection regularly attended Bulls games this year. The Bulls declined comment on the incident, according to the Associated Press.

Back in 2011, Pippen sued a number of media outlets for defamation in relation to stories about his finances. His lawsuit was later dismissed.

This post has been updated

28 comments
joeshine730
joeshine730

Beating up a fan asking for an autograph??  WTF?  Throw Pippen in jail.

SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

He probably asked if he could get him Jordan's autograph.

6marK6
6marK6

What is the assault victim's problem? Be grateful you got to interact with one of your heroes. 

JasonMacBride
JasonMacBride

Breaking news: The punchee called the Cochran firm from his hospital bed.

Ryan19
Ryan19

I think the victim was the boyfriend of Scottie's waitress.  They must have been mad that he lived up to his nickname of "No Tippin' Pippen". 

GOD D America
GOD D America

You can say whatever you want but you better be ready to defend what you said, This mope thought because Scott is an African American, he ws supposed to be accomodating to a so-called 'whites'. Well, Scottie ain't, and when he tried to punk Scottie  he got the Univ. of Arkansas racist beat-down. This is how we do it, Baby.

PureX2C
PureX2C

It's better not to fight but just relax on PX2C dotNET, no criminal charges either

hellowhatsgoinon
hellowhatsgoinon

Kris 2 did you win any wnba rings, u moron. Guy got what was asked for

Kris2
Kris2

Working man can't get away with this. So it's into a cage for him. I despise double standards

RB2
RB2

He can always say it was his evil twin who works as a vendor at Wrigley. Cubs fans know what I'm talkin' about.

john178
john178

One of the most over rated players ever

leehwgoc
leehwgoc

Felony charges are no joke.

HerschelAnderton
HerschelAnderton

i bet that guy won't make a joke about scottie pippen's nose again.

GOD D America
GOD D America

@joeshine730 If someone asked you for your signature, just because, Would you give it up? When does Pippen get to say he's not going to give away his property  (his signature) for free? Or, are you like the rest of Southern Racist America- thinking a African American owes you something because they make a living giving you entertainment?


InternetGrinder
InternetGrinder

@RB2 he also vends at the UC and the Cell; he isn't just at Wrigley. haha but yes, totally know who you are talking about..

GOD D America
GOD D America

@GOD D America , I've been there, but so have Mandela, MLKing, Jr., Christ and John the Baptist- I've been in better company in than you've been with out. Instead of teying to attack me with such a racist lame retort understand the Constitution IF you are a US citizen, which I doubt.

Kris2
Kris2

@hellowhatsgoinon  I suspect you're heavily under the influence of some chemical. You're line of "thought" is hard to follow. No I don't have any rnba or wnba rings (geez). And what the F does that have to do with anything ? 

 You dare throw words like "moron" and "idiot" around ? !! You even know what fraking planet you're on ?