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No charges to be filed against Bucks' Larry Sanders after bar fight

By Jermont Terry

  • Larry Sanders. Image by TODAY'S TMJ4

MILWAUKEE - It appears that after an investigation into a huge fight at a downtown Milwaukee bar, no charges will be filed against a Milwaukee Bucks star who was reportedly a suspect in the case.

The Milwaukee District Attorney's office said Thursday it will not charge center Larry Sanders after it looked into the incident which happened at about 1:15 a.m. Sunday morning at Apartment 720 on Milwaukee Street, downtown.

In a statement, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kent Lovern said that Sanders was involved, but it was "undetermined how the altercation started and who initiated it."

Lovern said that Milwaukee Police would again take over the matter to decide on any municipal citations.

On Thursday, Bucks coach Larry Sanders talked with 620WTMJ's Doug Russell about the update:

The I-Team's police sources say Sanders started that fight while in the VIP room - a fight where Sanders allegedly broke champagne bottles over a man's head while security tried to break up the fight.

He also allegedly punched the man's brother in the eye.

TMZ.com's report claims that a group of 10 people were celebrating in the VIP room when Sanders walked by, and he was splashed with champagne before confronting the group.

Police spokesman Mark Stanmeyer later said Wednesday that a victim, who is 26 and from Sussex, "told officers that his forehead was cut when he was struck with a bottle during a fight."

The alleged victims left the club and ended up at Columbia St. Mary's Hospital on Milwaukee's east side.  It took eight stitches to stop the bleeding of one of the victims.

Stanmeyer said the suspect is 24 years old, the same age as Sanders.

As the Milwaukee Bucks geared up to take on Cleveland Wednesday night, the I-Team stopped by practice hoping to catch up with Sanders, but he was called into the team's office.

"You would think that a multi-million dollar basketball player wouldn't be getting in fights in clubs, especially knowing the season has already begun," says Sam Gleischman, who lives near the club.

"Obviously being a resident and property owner on the block, I'd like to know more of the specifics," Gleischman adds.

The I-Team talked to one brother who referred us to his attorney.  That lawyer said "they are waiting on MPD to complete its investigation before commenting."

While the man hit over the head didn't want to talk on camera, he did tell TODAY'S TMJ4's Jermont Terry that Apartment 720 was packed with close to 200 people. They are all potential witnesses to this serious assault, which left him with eight stitches to his forehead.

The Bucks sent the following statement before the Bucks-Cavaliers game Wednesday night:

"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.”

The Bucks said that Sanders would not play Wednesday night due to a hand injury.

"They are going to suffer down low because they need him for rebounds and shot blocking," explains Greg Harris. "So they might be in trouble [Wednesday]."

The Bucks won Wednesday night's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, 109-104.

James Kust, Doug Russell, Shannon Sims and Jay Sorgi contributed to this story.