MALIBU, Calif. — Former NBA star Scottie Pippen was questioned today about a fight in Malibu in which he alleged punched someone so hard it knocked him out.
The fight occurred outside Nobu at 22706 Pacific Coast Highway about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and Pippen surrendered to deputies at the Malibu station today.
“Witness statements indicate that Scottie Pippen was one of the combatants in the altercation, and currently a named suspect for a charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm,” a sheriff’s department statement said.
Pippen, a 6-foot-8- inch Hall of Famer forward, played with the Chicago Bulls 1987-1998, helping the team win six NBA titles.
According to TMZ.com, a man approached Pippen for an autograph, then a fight broke out. Pippen allegedly kicked the man after he fell, TMZ reported, and detectives were investigating the fight as an assault with a deadly weapon — his shoes.
The man, who reportedly was knocked out, was taken to a hospital for treatment of a head injury, according to deputies who declined to name the person.
Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said Pippen was being questioned this afternoon, but had not been booked for a crime.