Scottie Pippen not cleared yet in fight
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org June 24, 2013 3:26PM
Chicago Bulls' Scottie Pippen pauses as he announces his retirement during a press conference Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2004 at the Bulls' training facility in Deerfield, Ill. Pippen played 17 years in the NBA and helped the Bulls to six world championships. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)
Updated: June 25, 2013 11:01AM
According to Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office, former Bulls great Scottie Pippen was questioned Monday afternoon because of his involvement in a “physical altercation in which a man was taken to a nearby hospital.’’
Pippen, who was still in California, voluntarily showed up at a substation to discuss his involvement in a fight that occurred Sunday evening outside the Malibu restaurant Nobu. Whitmore said the investigation was ongoing.
According to police reports, the victim was taking pictures of Pippen and his family while they were eating.
That continued out into the parking lot, and the man also asked Pippen for an autograph.
Whitmore said they spoke to several eyewitnesses, and an argument turned into an altercation.
“It’s still moving forward,’’ Whitmore said. “Charges could come from it, but we still haven’t reached that point. [Pippen] was not arrested . . . there might be more here than meets the eye.’’
It doesn’t mean Pippen, 47, was cleared, but more information is being gathered.
The man involved in the altercation was treated and released from the hospital.
The Bulls had no comment because all the facts are still being gathered.
It’s not the first time Pippen has had his name in police reports. In 1994, he was arrested for carrying a gun after a weapon was discovered in his car, which was parked illegally.
Pippen helped lead the Bulls to six NBA titles and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.
Along with Michael Jordan, Jerry Sloan and Bob Love, Pippen has had his number retired by the Bulls.
He was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Aug. 13, 2010, shortly after he returned to the Bulls organization as a team ambassador.
In 2012, he was named senior adviser to team president and COO Michael Reinsdorf.