By Carlos Sadovi
Former Bull Scottie Pippen turned himself over to police to be questioned about his involvement in a fight outside of a tony Malibu sushi restaurant over the weekend that sent a man to the hospital, officials said.
Pippen had been at the Nobu Malibu restaurant on the Pacific Coast Highway when a fight broke out between him and the man around 6:30 p.m., said Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County sheriff’s office.
“He came in to be interviewed, he’s been cooperative,” said Whitmore.
By Monday afternoon Pippen had been questioned by police where he was cooperative, said Whitmore. Pippen was allowed to leave without being charged, said Whitmore.
“Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here that meets the eye,” said Whitmore.
While had been formally named as a suspect in the physcial altercation and could face charges of assault with intent to cause great bodily injury, Whitmore said.
Witnesses told police that Pippen got into an argument with the man in the parking lot of the restaurant near a valet stand, Whitmore said.
“That argument led to an altercation,” Whitmore said. “Our detectives are investigating this right now.”
Pippen left the restaurant after the fight, Whitmore said. The other person sustained head injuries and was taken to a hospital where he was treated and later released, Whitmore said.
“Charges could follow, we don’t know,” he said. “We have to investigate and check with all the witnesses and find out exactly what happened.”
Whitmore denied reports that Pippen had been arrested.
“We are speaking with everybody, including Mr. Pippen,” said Whitmore. “Right now he is not under arrest, he has not been booked.”
Employees at the restaurant said they did not have any information about the fight.
Chicago Bulls officials said it would be premature to comment on the incident. Pippen serves as special advisor to Bulls’ president and chief operating officer Michael Reinsdorf.
Tribune reporter K.C. Johnson contributed.
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