Larry Sanders will not be charged after allegedly participating in a Milwaukee bar fight

Milwaukee Bucks big man Larry Sanders ranks as one of the most effective interior defenders in the NBA, a player who at only 24 years old figures to be a bright part of the team's future. Unfortunately, Sanders also has a reputation as a bit of a problem child on the court. Last weekend, Sanders also voiced his displeasure (with some reason) at sitting for long stretches of the second half in all of the Bucks' first three games. It's safe to say that these are not things an organization wants to hear from someone recently signed to a major contract extension.

It now appears that Sanders has much bigger problems. As reported by the Associated Press, Sanders is under investigation for his role in a bar fight that took place last Saturday night:

Milwaukee center Larry Sanders injured a thumb in an off-court incident that is being investigated by police.

''We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening,'' the Bucks said in a statement Wednesday before their game against Cleveland. ''The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. At this time we will have no further comment.''

Sanders sat out the game against the Cavaliers.

''I'm not sure exactly what happened but right now it's under investigation,'' Bucks coach Larry Drew said. ''He will not play tonight due to a sore thumb.

''I have not seen him yet (tonight). I don't know much more. You probably know more than I do. I do know that it is being investigated and that's the word I've got.''

Jermont Terry of TMJ4 reported several alleged details of the incident at Apartment 720 in downtown Milwaukee, including that Sanders started the fight (without using the word "allegedly") and broke several champagne bottles over the heads of several people. However, it should be stressed that this account appears to be very one-sided and runs along with an unnecessarily speculative interview with an area resident. We should not jump to any conclusions at this point in time.

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The Bucks, for their part, have acknowledged the investigation on Twitter in what's essentially a reworded version of the statement in the AP article.

As with any police investigation, we should not assume guilt or intricate details of Sanders' involvement at this point in time. For now, all we know is that things are serious enough that a key member of the Bucks was held out of Wednesday's game.

UPDATE: It turns out that Sanders will not be charged with whatever role he had in the alleged altercation. From the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Charles F. Gardner:

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