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Police question Scottie Pippen after Malibu assault

11:32 PM, Jun 24, 2013   |    comments
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(USA Today) -- Former NBA star Scottie Pippen was questioned for about an hour Monday by Los Angeles County sheriffs after the ex-Dream Teamer was accused of an assault outside a Malibu restaurant Sunday night.

Pippen was not arrested, contrary to reports by some media.

"Our detectives are not going to book and arrest Mr. Pippen," said L.A. County Sheriff's Department Capt. Pat Davoren. "He came in and was very cooperative and answered a lot of questions. Our detectives have to do further investigating, mainly talking to other witnesses."

Pippen, 47, arrived at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station early Monday afternoon, accompanied by celebrity defense attorney Mark Geragos.

According to Davoren, Pippen was out dining with his family at Nobu, a Malibu sushi restaurant, when he was approached by a man wanting an autograph.

Later the man allegedly began taking pictures.

When Pippen and his family were finished eating and walked outside the restaurant, the man approached again, again asking for an autograph.

An argument ensued, and Pippen got upset and allegedly ended up punching the man in the face, Davoren said. The man was taken to a hospital. His name and his injuries were not immediately available from authorities.

Pippen, regarded as one of the best small forwards in NBA history, won six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.


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