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Scottie Pippen allegedly involved in Malibu restaurant fight

June 24, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
Former professional basketball star Scottie Pippen was allegedly involved in a fight in Malibu Sunday, sheriff's deputies said.

Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies responded to a report of an altercation at Nobu restaurant on the 22700 block of Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu Sunday at about 6:30 p.m.

Deputies found an injured male adult, according to the department. The man was hospitalized for treatment of a head injury. Witnesses told deputies that Pippen, 47, was a combatant in an altercation.

Investigators said Pippen was in town from Chicago and had just finished having dinner with his wife, children and in laws. The six-time NBA champion with the Chicago Bulls was initially named a suspect and faced a possible felony assault with a deadly weapon charge. But after talking to investigators Monday afternoon, he was not arrested nor booked on any charges.

Pippen arrived at the Malibu/Lost Hills sheriff's station about 1 p.m. Monday. He was questioned for approximately one hour and was released. Station detectives want to ask further witnesses about the incident, according to the department.

The victim was treated at the hospital and was released Monday. One of his relatives told Eyewitness News that the man was punched, kicked and knocked unconscious.

The investigation was ongoing. Anyone with information related to the investigation should contact Los Angeles County Sheriff's detectives at the Malibu/Lost Hills Sheriff's Station (LostHills.lasd.org) at (818) 878-1808.

If you wish to remain anonymous, call LA Crime Stoppers by dialing 800-222-TIPS, texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or using the website lacrimestoppers.org

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