Scottie Pippen is being sued by an autograph seeker who was sent to the hospital with a head injury after he what he said was an unprovoked attack from the former Chicago Bulls star.
The fight took place last month outside Nobu Malibu sushi restaurant in Southern California. The man who filed the suit, 49-year-old Camran Shafighi, said he approached Pippen to get an autograph for his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son.
But instead Scottie attacked him, spit in his face, and sent him to the ground with a hard punch, Shafighi claims.
“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.
Witnesses said Shafighi was taking pictures of Pippen inside the club and followed the NBA legend out to the parking lot. They also said Shafighi appeared to be drunk.
Shafighi now suffers headaches and breathing difficulties as a result of the fight, attorney Lee Boyd said. Having Scottie Pippen sued for $4 million would make up for the economic losses Shafighi will suffer now that he can’t run his business, Boyd added.
“This has been pretty devastating to him,” Boyd said in an interview Thursday. “This was not the result of some drunken barroom brawl. This is a guy who wanted to take a picture with a cellphone.”
Steve Whitmore, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office, said after the fight Pippen voluntarily came in to the interviewed and was cooperative. Whitmore suggested that the account of Scottie Pippen as an aggressor wasn’t exactly the case.
“Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye,” Whitmore said.