Pippen won't face criminal charges for June altercation

Pippen won't face criminal charges for June altercation
August 28, 2013, 2:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

It seems a potentially ugly situation for former Chicago Bull Scottie Pippen is coming to an end.

Multiple records indicate Pippen will not face criminal charges for his role in an altercation in June outside a Malibu, Calif., restaurant.

The first report said that Pippen initiated the fight with 49-year-old Camran Shafighi, who was looking for an autograph outside a restaurant, and that Pippen knocked him out by punching him in the face and kicking him before leaving the scene. Shafighi was taken to a hospital with broken teeth, a swollen mouth and further injuries to his head and back.

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Pippen was not arrested that night, only questioning him as a suspect for a felony charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily harm.

The next day, however, Pippen's side of the story was told and made the Hall-of-Fame forward out to be the victim. Apparently Shafighi spit on Pippen, screamed at him, used the N-word and began the physical altercation, all while Pippen was holding his 4-year-old daughter.

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Pippen's side of the story gained credibility when the Los Angeles Times revealed that Shafighi was taken to UCLA Medical Center and diagnosed with a concussion but had no signs of trauma to his head. Shafighi also was found to be twice over the legal alcohol limit (0.18 percent), according to records.

Shafighi returned to the hospital the next day claiming to have fractured ribs and a fracture ankle, though a physician noted in the official records that the man "was making up stuff to try and have a story."

A $4 million civil lawsuit Shafighi filed against Pippen is still pending, though it seems No. 33 should have his name cleared of those charges as well.