Former NBA star Pippen questioned in fight at Malibu restaurant


Scottie-PippenAn altercation involving Chicago Bulls basketball legend Scottie Pippen is a “complex” situation and will require more investigation to determine whether any arrests should be made, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said, LA Times reported.

The Sheriff’s Department said Monday that Pippen was wanted on suspicion of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury stemming from an incident Sunday evening at the Nobu Malibu restaurant.

Witnesses told authorities that the former player was “one of the combatants” in the incident, reported about 6:30 p.m. in the 22700 block of Pacific Coast Highway, a statement from the department said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said the altercation occurred between Pippen and another man. Witnesses told deputies that the other man appeared to be intoxicated, Whitmore said.

“We are going to be investigating all avenues connected to this,” Whitmore said, adding that deputies are trying to determine “whether the injuries were the result of the altercation or for some other reason.”

Pippen voluntarily spoke to authorities Monday afternoon and was allowed to leave without being arrested, Whitmore said. The NBA star was cooperative during the interview, he said.

A woman who answered the phone at Nobu Malibu declined to comment on the incident.

Pippen, whose NBA career spanned nearly two decades, is best known for his 11 seasons with the Chicago Bulls, during which he and Michael Jordan led the team to six championships in the 1990s. He was part of the much-revered Dream Team that won a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics and earned another gold at the 1996 games.

He got inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame in 2010 (as player). In his NBA career, Pippen played for the Chicago Bulls, Houston Rockets and Portland TrailBlazers.

Pippen played in a total of 1178 NBA games (1053 started), averaging 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg and 5.2 apg in 34.9 minutes per game.

He works as a special advisor to the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer, according to his Facebook page.

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