Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is being sued over a fight with an autograph seeker at an upscale Malibu, Calif., restaurant.
Attorneys filed the $4 million lawsuit Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court. They say Camran Shafighi asked Pippen for an autograph for his girlfriend’s son and instead got a “brutal and unjustified” attack.
Sheriff’s officials say Pippen was eating with his family June 23 at Nobu restaurant in Malibu. They say Shafighi was taking pictures and sought an autograph both in the restaurant and the parking lot. Investigators say an argument turned violent and Shafighi was treated at a hospital for a head injury.
Pippen was questioned but not arrested. No charges have been filed.
An after-hours phone message for Pippen’s attorneys was not immediately returned.
RIDNOUR DEAL DONE
After agreeing to the framework of the deal the day before, the Minnesota Timberwolves acquired Kevin Martin via a sign-and-trade maneuver with the Oklahoma City Thunder, and dealt former Blaine High and Seattle SuperSonics player Luke Ridnour to the Milwaukee Bucks.
The Bucks also got a 2014 second-round draft pick from the Wolves. The Thunder got the draft rights to second-round draft pick Szymon Szewczyk from the Bucks. The Thunder also sent an undisclosed amount of cash to the Wolves and Bucks.
The Wolves needed to trade Ridnour for flexibility to sign Corey Brewer, their former first-round pick who played in Denver last season, and re-sign Chase Budinger. Those deals were expected to be done Friday.
Coach Rick Adelman was fond of Ridnour, who started all 82 games for the Wolves last season while playing out of position for a small, injury-ravaged team. He went to Minnesota after two seasons with Milwaukee.
WADE SUIT DISMISSED
Another chapter in the legal battle between NBA star Dwyane Wade and his ex-wife Siohvaughn Funches-Wade has ended with the dismissal of a lawsuit.
Funches-Wade had said Wade violated the terms of a 2008 agreement requiring cash from his endorsement deals be deposited into a joint account.
The lawsuit was filed in Chicago and named T-Mobile USA, Gatorade and Staples Office Superstore.
It was dismissed at Funches-Wade’s request. No reason was given for the dismissal.