Scottie Pippen sued for $4M over Malibu fight


In this April 13, 2010, file photo, former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen acknowledges fans as he is honored for making the next Hall of Fame class at an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and Boston Celtics in Chicago. Pippen was questioned Monday, June 24, 2013, about a fight that occurred over the weekend between him and an autograph seeker outside a Malibu restaurant, authorities said. AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File

MALIBU, California— Former Chicago Bulls star Scottie Pippen is being sued over a fight last month at a Southern California restaurant that left an autograph-seeker hospitalized with a head injury.

The $4 million lawsuit filed on Thursday in Los Angeles Superior Court says 49-year-old plaintiff Camran Shafighi simply asked Pippen for a photograph for his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son.

Instead, the suit says, Shafighi got a “brutal and unjustified physical attack” that included spit in the face, a shove, and a punch that sent Shafighi to the ground.

“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.

Sheriff’s officials, who were still investigating the incident, said Pippen voluntarily came into a station to be questioned and was cooperative. He was not arrested and no charges have been filed.

Investigators at the time said Pippen had been dining on June 23 with his family at Nobu, a restaurant on the beach in Malibu frequented by celebrities.

Shafighi was taking pictures of Pippen inside the restaurant then outside in the parking lot, investigators said.

Sheriff’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said several witnesses described Shafighi as intoxicated.

An argument ensued that led to violence, investigators said. Shafighi was taken to a hospital with a head injury, treated and released.

A phone message left after business hours for Pippen’s attorney Mark Geragos was not immediately returned.

The 47-year-old Pippen won six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Bulls, and in 1996, was named one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.

Pippen serves as special adviser to the Bulls’ president and chief operating officer.

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  • wawa2172

    I guess Pippen was irked by the intoxicated fan. With his family, the basketball star could no longer restrain himself from liquor filled fan kaya ayon nasapak tuloy. Well, the person may have a different motive to intimidate Pippen to hit him, there’s a money attached to it. I guess the sheriff description of the fan will surely throw the case on the bin.

  • flybizz777

    “photograph for his girlfriend’s 12-year-old son”…he may not be old enough to know Pippen what a Scam!….

  • ThudOthwacker

    There is a law in California on stalkers. LOL Sorry, your fairies Mr. Shafighi will not grant your $4 million bonanza. You’ll be spending time in the big house soon.


    YAN ang napapala ng mga nilalang na KAPWA nilang tao ay SINASAMBA na parang isang makapangyarihan sa buhay sa ngalan ng TNL na larong basketbol. Ganun din sa mga artista, singers, pulitekeros….basta’t nakokodakan at na-dya-dyaryo’t TV, gustong malapitan at madikitan PARA QUE?

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