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Dominique Wilkins attacked by fan after Hawks game

Mar 30, 2011, 11:49 PM EDT

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UPDATE  11:49 pm: The attacker turns out to be a former NBA referee (1997-2001), but apparently this was about money allegedly owed. Isn’t it always? From the Atlanta Journal Constitution:

Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC.

Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, Jones said. Michel, of Atlanta, is a former referee, Jones said.

“The fan was promptly arrested and was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department,” Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said in a statement to the AJC. “At this time theHawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation.”

Michel is known as a guy who custom makes suits for a number of the players, according to reports. There are rumors that Michel may also have gotten the worst of this situation.

11:23 pm: We don’t have a lot of details yet, but it sounds like a situation that could have gone much worse.

A fan attacked Atlanta Hawks legend and color commentator Dominique Wilkins after the Hawks win over the Orlando Magic Wednesday.

The incident happened near the court after Wilkins had finished his television duties, according to the twitter account of Michael Cunningham of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. Wilkins apparently was not injured.

Atlanta police arrested the unidentified fan and he is currently in custody. Any motive is not currently known.

We will be updating this story as details become available.

  1. goforthanddie - Mar 30, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Another clip for the Human Highlight Film.

  2. feartherallythong - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:20 AM

    Dang, if he was really an NBA ref from 1197-2001, it’s understandable that he might be old and cranky. The average NBA ref’s tenure is WAY less than 804 years…
    On the other hand, props to the guy for longevity…

    • Kurt Helin - Mar 31, 2011 at 12:23 AM

      My typo on the dates, it is fixed…. Although if you told me Dick Bavetta was a ref during the Dark Ages I’d buy it.

  3. jmclarkent - Mar 31, 2011 at 8:07 AM

    After looking at Rashan’s eye I guess ‘nique can do defense.

  4. dsims7 - Mar 31, 2011 at 8:36 AM

    I’m not a Hawks fan, BUT…………Get off Nique’s jock! He put you on the map (basketball wise) and at least deserves a free suit! BTW: Spud Web should have had his back!

  5. rapmusicmademedoit - Mar 31, 2011 at 7:17 PM

    this is why I get my suits at the men’s warehouse, no drama

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