New details have emerged regarding the weekend altercation between former Chicago Bulls Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and an autograph-seeker who was hospitalized
with a head injury: the fan spit on Pippen and called him a racial slur, according to the New York Daily News.
A source told the Daily News the retired NBA star was on the defense Sunday night in the parking lot of Malibu's Nobu restaurant. The fan started the tussle; spitting on the ex-athlete, shoving him, and calling him the N-word. Pippen was also holding his 4-year-old daughter at the time, the source said.
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“Can you imagine, you’re out to dinner with your wife, your four kids and your mother-in-law, and someone calls you the N-word and starts to get physical?” the source told the Daily News, calling the alleged victim’s story a “crock.”
Another source told TMZ that the man sat down at Pippen's table inside Nobu
when one of his guests went to the bathroom. The man badgered Pippen with questions, but Pippen bit his tongue, politely asking him to leave.
Pippen, who was questioned on Monday for about an hour, was wanted on suspicion of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury. He has not been charged.
Authorities told the Chicago Tribune that the diner, who appeared intoxicated, took several photos of Scottie Pippen and his family inside the restaurant as they ate. When Pippen and his family were leaving the restaurant, the man reportedly followed them out to the parking lot seeking Pippen's autograph, at which point the argument and alleged assault ensued.
The victim was sent to a local hospital with a head injury and released on Monday.
The source claims Pippen did not hurt the fan and that his lawyer, Mark Geragos, was mulling a counter claim against the autograph-seeker for assault and making a false police report.
“When Scottie left, this guy had no injuries,” the source told the Daily News. “Scottie is very upset about the way this has been portrayed.”
An Arkansas native, Pippen is one of the most decorated NBA veterans, winning six league titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls in 11 seasons. His NBA career lasted 17 seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010.
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