Scottie Pippen Questioned by Police Following Nobu Brawl

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A man was sent to the hospital after an alleged run-in with the former Chicago Bulls player outside the Malibu restaurant.

Former Chicago Bulls player Scottie Pippen was questioned by authorities in connection with an assault Sunday evening outside Nobu's Malibu outpost.

Police responded to a call regarding an altercation outside the Japanese restaurant at approximately 6:30 p.m., says Los Angeles Sheriff's County Sergeant Rich Pena.

When they arrived, authorities interviewed an "injured male adult," who was later taken to a nearby hospital where he was treated for a head injury. The victim was released Tuesday morning, police say.

Pippen, 47, was identified by witnesses as one of the combatants and was named a suspect for a charge of assault to commit great bodily harm.

The victim was "taking pictures inside Nobu restaurant" while Pippen dined with his family, Capt. Patrick Davoren tells the Associated Press.

"When Pippen went outside to the parking lot, the man continued to take pictures and sought the Hall of Famer's autograph," Davoren said.

Pippen turned himself in Monday and was questioned by authorities for about one hour but was not booked or arrested, contrary to circulating reports.

"Our detectives are not going to book and arrest Mr. Pippen," Capt. Davoren said. "He came in and was very cooperative and answered a lot of questions. Our detectives have to do further investigating, mainly talking to other witnesses."

Pippen, a seven-time NBA All-Star and Basketball Hall of Fame inductee, retired after the 2003-04 season as the Bulls' second all-time leader in points, assists and steals. He was detained in 1999 under suspicion of driving under the influence, but the charges later were dropped.