Bucks' Sanders reportedly involved in bar fight
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Starting center Larry Sanders was out of the Milwaukee Bucks lineup Wednesday night against Cleveland and apparently his absence stemmed from an off-court incident that occurred early Sunday morning.
In his pregame remarks Bucks coach Larry Drew said “it was reported there was an incident.”
“I’m not sure exactly what happened,” the coach said. “Right now, it’s under investigation.”
The Bucks released a statement Wednesday that said, “We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening. The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. At this time we will have no further comment.”
Sanders did not practice Tuesday due to a swollen right thumb, and he said it occurred due to a play in the Bucks’ loss to Toronto on Saturday. He was not at practice Monday while his wife was giving birth to a baby girl.
Of his injury, Sanders said Tuesday: “It’s all swollen. These hands are big, and as soon as I fall on them one of these limbs goes the wrong way and it’s trouble. (We decided) just to stay off it a little bit.”
TMJ4 cited police sources saying Sanders was involved in a bar fight at Apartment 720 in downtown Milwaukee. The report said Sanders allegedly broke champagne bottles over one man’s head in the night club’s VIP room and punched another man in the face.
In response to an inquiry on that report, Milwaukee Police released the following statement Wednesday evening, not naming Sanders specifically but listing the suspect as 24 years old, the same age as Sanders.
According to the police statement:
“Milwaukee Police are investigating a November 3 fight that happened at ‘Apartment 720’ located at 720 N. Milwaukee Street.
At about 2:20 a.m. on November 3, officers from District One were sent to meet the victim of a battery at a local hospital. The victim, a 26-year-old man from Sussex, told officers that his forehead was cut when he was struck with a bottle during a fight that happened at about 1:15 a.m. at Apartment 720. The victim identified the suspect as a 24-year-old Milwaukee man.
Officers and detectives have been interviewing witnesses and gathering evidence to determine the cause of the fight and the involvement of the suspect and the victim. The investigation will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office in the coming days.”
The Milwaukee Police Department does not identify by name victims or suspects who have not been charged by the DA.
Sanders’ absence from Wednesday’s game came after a rough stretch for him during the first three games of the season. He played only 6 minutes in the second half Saturday night and not at all in the fourth quarter, and he made comments after the game indicating he was unhappy with his playing time.
Sanders played 12 minutes in the season opener with New York and was in foul trouble, and he was limited to 18 minutes in the Bucks’ victory over Boston on Friday night.
He wound up playing 22 minutes against Toronto and scored four points.