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Scottie Pippen hit with $4 million lawsuit for incident outside restaurant

Jul 12, 2013, 12:39 PM EDT

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Bulls’ legend Scottie Pippen was never charged with a crime regarding an altercation outside a Malibu restaurant last month, but did you really think that would stop the personal lawsuit?

Pippen has been sued for $4 million by 49-year-old plaintiff Camran Shafighi, reports the Associated press. Shafighi claims in the suit he simply asked Pippen for an autograph and a photo outside the restaurant and Pippen responded with an unprovoked attack.

Instead, the suit says, Shafighi got a “brutal and unjustified physical attack” that included spit in the face, a shove, and a punch that sent Shafighi to the ground. “At no time did or could Mr. Shafighi physically provoke or fight back, as he was knocked unconscious with the first blow,” the lawsuit says.

That’s not exactly how police investigators saw it. There were no charges filed and a police spokesman had told reporters that Shafighi was called intoxicated by witnesses. Sources close to Pippen said that Shafighi called him the “N” word and spit on him while Pippen was holding his four-year-old daughter.

So, the courts get to sort this all out — your tax dollars at work. As a guy who spent years writing a crime beat I’ll say I have a pretty good idea who is in the right and who is going after the money here, but I wasn’t there and that’s why we have a legal system to provide justice in these situations. That and to make lawyers rich.

  1. pmx8411 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:46 PM

    drunk and rude fan probably got chin checked lmfao

  2. captainwisdom8888 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:54 PM

    It’s got to be exhausting having to stop and provide complete strangers with all of their many fan requests all the time. If the guy is trying to enjoy a night out with his daughter, just give him some respect and let him be. I’m sure this drunken idiot is heavily exaggerating any injuries he sustained and is looking for his payday. $4 Million dollars will surely make his boo boos all better.

  3. asimonetti88 - Jul 12, 2013 at 12:59 PM

    There is a much lower burden of proof in civil cases than criminal cases, so unfortunately, this lowlife might actually be able to swindle some bucks from Scottie.

  4. bucrightoff - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    “No Tippin” Pippen is one of the best sports nicknames ever (though obviously not from Scotties vantage point)

  5. 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    I hope Pip doesn’t have to pay this animal one red hot cent.

  6. dls612 - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    That’s what that jerk wanted anyway! Hope it goes in favor of pippen!

    • emosnar - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:39 PM

      If Pippen Wins dude should have to pay everyone lawyer and court fees. Frivolous freaks.

  7. BigBeachBall - Jul 12, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    Scottie settlement pippen

  8. juggahnic - Jul 12, 2013 at 2:03 PM

    Oh wait. The dude is Persian! He’s just salty that Pippen has a hot Persian wife.

  9. azarkhan - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    Excellent! I hope Pippen loses.

    • bloodisred - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

      Care to explaiin why?

      • philtration - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:16 PM

        Because he identifies with the drunken loser in the story.

  10. onlyavoice - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:56 PM

    Pippen Doesn’t Have 4 Million.
    He’s Broke.

    • 00maltliquor - Jul 12, 2013 at 5:06 PM

      What are you, his accountant?

  11. holleywood9 - Jul 12, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Talking with a lawyer today it is apparently frowned upon by judges for attorneys to say what they are suing for. They should state “for more than 50k.” So this is likely mostly for publicity. Although he will end up settling and paying something.

  12. mcjon22 - Jul 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

    Pfft what a waste of time. Take these Pairs of D-Roses and Benny the Bulls Jersey and get the hell out of here

  13. jimeejohnson - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:27 PM

    Beat it.

  14. 3 Finger Lenny - Jul 12, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    Pip hates to tip

  15. 1509lucky - Jul 12, 2013 at 11:45 PM

    Sad but he will end up settling because in the end,its actually cheaper than going to court and winning.

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