Milwaukee police announced Wednesday that Milwaukee Bucks power forward/center Larry Sanders has been cited for disorderly conduct and assault and battery for his role in a fight that took place last month at a downtown Milwaukee nightclub.
As was reported when news of the incident first came to light, the Milwaukee County district attorney's office does not intend to pursue criminal charges against the 25-year-old Sanders; rather, these are municipal tickets. Sanders faces fines of $185 for disorderly conduct and $366 for assault and battery, according to Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Sanders is due to appear in court in connection with the incident on Jan. 21, 2014.
Sanders' attorney, Michael Hart, said his client was the victim, rather than the instigator, of the conflict.
“We are going to defend him,” Hart told the Journal Sentinel. “He has gotten a bad rap. The facts will bear that out.”
Police also released surveillance video of the incident at the club, called Apartment 720, in which Sanders is seen slipping, surrounded by a number of people and, it seems, throwing things that look like bottles into a crowd, which intensifies the imbroglio:
Sanders posted several responses to the new developments on his Instagram account on Thursday, including a pair of messages he's since deleted, suggesting a racial component in both the incident itself and its subsequent media coverage:
You can’t get through it unless you go through it…guess it’s my turn, we “thugs” aka black men in America built this country and now we are the primary source of entertainment..guess we’re still building…slavery never stopped, it just went from physical to mental…if we “thugs” went back to our home what would America be besides poor and boring? Still wouldn’t be safe I mean we didn’t bring the violence here now did we?!
Good thing I didn’t get jumped by a bunch of black guys that night or it would’ve been gang related…lol sheeeeeeesh!!
He also posted one note that he's left up, titled "Message":
After the altercation, Sanders underwent surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right thumb; while Sanders said the injury occurred during the Bucks' Nov. 2 home loss to the Toronto Raptors, the team later confirmed that the injury occurred during an off-court incident. The shot-blocker and rim-protector has not played since the Raptors loss, continuing a disappointing start to his first season after signing a $44 million contract extension and contributing to the Bucks' NBA-worst 3-15 record.
When Sanders will return from injury remains unclear. He might face some interesting questions when he does.
Video via Beyond the Buzzer.
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