On Monday afternoon, the celebrity gossip site TMZ erroneously reported that Chicago Bulls legend Scottie Pippen had been arrested after allegedly beating a fan inside of a Malibu restaurant. While Pippen did meet with police over his involvement in the incident, the Chicago Tribune is reporting that Pippen was never and will not be arrested in connection to whatever happened last night.
Scottie Pippen has NOT been arrested and, according to officials, will not be arrested. http://t.co/psnyx6s4mm
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) June 24, 2013
News of Pippen’s non-arrest came not from Pippen’s camp but straight from the mouth of the LAPD, who’s spokesman Steve Whitmore said that the Bulls legend was not arrested and that he’s fully cooperating with the police investigation.
“Mr. Pippen will not be arrested, there’s more here than meets the eye,” said Whitmore, via K.C. Johnson and the Chicago Tribune. “We have to investigate and check with all the witnesses and find out exactly what happened. … We are speaking with everybody, including Mr. Pippen,” said Whitmore. “Right now he is not under arrest, he has not been booked.”
TMZ was quick to report otherwise but the LAPD has shot down that report but Pippen may not be out of the woods yet. The police actually seemed to take a sympathetic stance with Pippen as they were quick to shoot down the report from TMZ, but no police department in the world likely has to deal with the gossip site more than they do.