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Pippen’s side of the story: Guy spit on him, used “N” word before altercation

Jun 25, 2013, 7:12 PM EDT

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When word leaked out Monday that NBA Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen was involved in an altercation outside a Malibu restaurant Sunday, the initial report was clearly from the perspective of the other person involved. They said Pippen broke he guy’s teeth, knocked him out and left the scene.

But the fact that police interviewed Pippen and didn’t arrest him (they said the investigation would continue) should give you a hint things aren’t quite as first described.

And on Tuesday, Pippen’s people were playing defense — and playing it well, like the man himself did back with the Bulls.

That starts with a statement from the Sheriff’s spokesman that the other person involved was intoxicated. There is more from the New York Daily News.

But a source said Pippen was the real victim. The fan started the tussle, spit on the ex-athlete and screamed the called him the N-word, the source said, adding that Pippen was holding his 4-year-old daughter at the time.

“Can you imagine, you’re out to dinner with your wife, your four kids and your mother-in-law, and someone calls you the N-word and starts to get physical?” the source said, calling the alleged victim’s story a “crock.”

“When Scottie left, this guy had no injuries,” said the source. “Scottie is very upset about the way this has been portrayed.”

As a former police/crime reporter, rule No. 1 is nobody is telling the police the full truth in an altercation with drunken people. So take everything everybody says with a grain of salt.

But the fact Pippen has not been charged and the sheriff is saying the other guy was intoxicated suggests Pippen wasn’t the guy that was the real problem, here. Could this be a situation where Pippen, out with his family, rebuffed a drunk guy’s request for an autograph or whatever and the other guy snapped first? Feel free to draw your own conclusions.

  1. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    another confusing story…..Scottie needs to address the media

    • anhdazman - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:53 PM

      Pippen doesn’t have to address jack with the media. Pippen did what he had to do with the police. That’s good enough.

      The media are blood sucking leaches. Only the papparazzis are worst. I guess you can also add the aggressive autograph seeking fans to that list.

    • fanofevilempire - Jun 25, 2013 at 11:25 PM

      Not confusing to me, holding his kid and you act like a jerk so you got
      a good old but kicking, good going Scottie, you should get a citizens award.

    • amecass - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:17 AM

      No he doesn’t. the guy was drunk and got his butt kicked. Stepped to the wrong person is all. Then he spit on him? WOW.

    • pandebailey - Jun 27, 2013 at 10:36 PM

      Uh, the only person in America confused is you. The guy is out having dinner in Malibu with his in-laws and his 4-year-old and you think he may have started a fight? And as for Kurt Helin – if you were really a former cop beat reporter you know the first thing cops do is talk to people not involved in the fight. It would take 2 minutes to find out the jerk in the hospital started the whole thing. Justice served.

  2. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    i know there has to be video of this somewhere…right?

  3. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    i know there has to be video of this somewhere…right?

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      You can say that again

  4. readysethike - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    i know there has to be video of this somewhere…right?

  5. dgbk - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    I miss the way pip use to dunk on ppl.. always looked violent but effortlessly. as far as the story if pippen side is true it is what it is.. famous or not that’s a disgusting way to treat someone. especially when they are with their family.

  6. dirtydavis - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:37 PM

    What’s wrong with saying the “n word”?

    • rich978745 - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Ask Paul Deene!

    • amecass - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:19 AM

      It was the spit. He had his daughter with him, so I doubt if he would have stepped to him because he was called a N***A, but he had to go spit on him. That’s like a slap in the face.

    • wakiash - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:35 AM

      I suppose if you are a moronic bigoted intolerant racist pig without a scrap of civility, nothing. Otherwise, most decent humane people leave such language in the past.

    • lmoneyfresh - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:06 PM

      Paula, is that you?

  7. pmx8411 - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    This is actually starting to make sense…..AHEM AHEM PAULA DEEN

  8. remyje - Jun 25, 2013 at 7:57 PM


    Why does he HAVE to address the media??? Because you want him to??? He doesn’t have to do shat…..dweeb

  9. thomaskouns - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    Address the media??? It’s his life not yours or ours.

    Also, Pippen seems like a pretty mellow guy so I give him the benefit of the doubt here.

  10. drago2012 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    Not in Pippen’s nature to be aggressive . This drunk idiot started the whole thing. After busting his mouth Pip should have kicked him for good measure while he was lying face down in his own vomit!!!! There are consequences when you drink and you start running your mouth. Pippen had a right to defend himself even at a minimal threat or insult.

  11. jimbo75025 - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    “Pippen’s side of the story: Guy spit on him, used “N” word before altercation”

    No Tippen’ Pippen?

  12. 3 Finger Lenny - Jun 25, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    The fan must have been from Philly

  13. titansbro - Jun 25, 2013 at 9:38 PM

    I’m choosing to believe Pippen solely because he & MJ were my idols during childhood.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:36 AM

      Now that you are older does it bother you that all the signs point to Michael Jordan being a jerk?

  14. kb2408 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:19 PM

    Word of advice to the toothless racist: never, EVER pick a fight with a 6’8″ 200 plus lb. former pro athlete! Especially after provoking him with the “N word”, spitting in his face AND while you’re drunk. Idiot, you got what you deserved.

  15. jjones314 - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    I don’t give a crap what happened…..

    Pippen beat that azz.

  16. fndrbss - Jun 25, 2013 at 10:53 PM

    I left a comment but instead of the “N” word I spelled it out like a normal conversationalist would do. Of course it was blocked. PC = thought control. This is some real Orwellian stuff people…

    • 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:58 AM

      Yeah man, what’s wrong with you, you can’t get away with that! LOL
      PBT puts the block on with the quickness, you gotta find ways around it, but you can’t spell out the full word homie, hahaha. K Heezy comes out like the 2nd coming of Dikembe Mutombo with his post rejections!

  17. 00maltliquor - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    Okay, so Pippen was holding his baby girl in his arms when a wild drunken idiot yells at him, spits on him with his child in his arms, and calls him a N*. If this is the true account of what really happened then that fk boy got exactly what he deserved. What a scummy lowlife. I’m getting angry just thinking about that. Good for Pippen.

  18. samueldudorich - Jun 26, 2013 at 5:08 AM

    In the last sentence of Kurt Helin’s article he says “feel free to draw your own conclusions.” Oh, thank you so much Kurt for allowing me that privilege. You’re saying that I’m off my training wheels now and I no longer need to rely on you to form my conclusions. I’m so excited.

  19. censormynameandmycomments - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:06 AM

    I never knew beating someone up wasn’t against the law as long as they said something nasty to you first. Because the manliest thing you can do is let someone’s words make you violent.

    • amecass - Jun 26, 2013 at 7:22 AM

      I think it was the spit. He had his daughter with him. the guy yelling and calling him names. then you gonna have the audacity to come up to me and spit on me? yeah, he was supposed to get his azz whipped.

    • bustinnutz - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:42 AM

      Saying empty hateful words isn’t against the law. Spitting on someone, is. Legaly, spitting is an act of violence equal to putting your hand on another in anger.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 26, 2013 at 9:31 AM

      Probably had less (just a little less) to do with what he said than what he did. Spitting on someone is technically assault and you have the right to defend yourself against assault. If you spit on most people something like that is going to happen to you. However, judging by your post I dont expect you to understand. You dont strike me as the brightest bulb in the box.

    • rythestunner - Jun 26, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      It is if it’s self defense. Spitting on someone is assault, so I’ll buy the self-defense defense.

  20. spankygreen - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Normally, you can say what you want. I would probably ignore it but if you spit on me you’re going to have problems…..Starting with sending you soul to heaven, because your a$$ will be mine… on it.

    • bustinnutz - Jun 26, 2013 at 8:44 AM

      Amen, Spanky

  21. JMClarkent - Jun 26, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Rumor has it that the guy told Pippen as the bar was closing down “They gave the last shot to Tony Kukoc.”

    • gostlcards5 - Jun 26, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      Well played.

  22. staff2cj - Jun 26, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    If the story is true…Pippen is a hero…and this is coming from a Piston fan

  23. emosnar - Jun 26, 2013 at 1:29 PM

    Hey dumbasses pay attention, Pippen didnt touch him. Dude had no injuries when he left.

  24. azarkhan - Jun 26, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    If you believe Pippen and his friends, I have a bridge to sell you.

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