UPDATE at 1:25 pm EST by Adam Fromal
No criminal charges will be filed against Larry Sanders, C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports:
No criminal charges will be filed against Larry Sanders, according to the Milwaukee County District Attorney's office.— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 7, 2013
DA's office says "Numerous people, including Larry Sanders, were involved in an altercation."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 7, 2013
While the District Attorney's office has admitted that Sanders was involved in the events at Milwaukee's infamous nightclub, it looks like the big man is home free. There's still no word on the progress of his sore thumb and how soon he'll return to the Bucks' lineup, but at least he's staying out of legal trouble.
It remains to be seen whether the NBA will take any action, though.
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UPDATE at 11:45 am EST by Adam Fromal
TMJ4's Jermont Terry has some official details for what's been unfolding in Milwaukee.
According to police sources of the I-Team:
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.
One of the victims in the fight reportedly received eight stitches to his forehead, though the details of how the wound was suffered are still unclear.
"Allegedly" is still a key word here, and police spokesperson Mark Stanmeyer says that more information will be available in the next few days.
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And so continues what has been a miserable start to the season for Larry Sanders.
The Milwaukee Bucks big man will be sitting out the team's Wednesday matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers instead of helping to pull its record back up to an even 2-2 on the season, per C.F. Gardner of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Bucks' Larry Sanders out after off-court incident and will not play Wed. Coach Larry Drew said "right now it's under investigation."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 6, 2013
Bucks release "We are aware of an incident from Saturday evening. The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 6, 2013
But that said, the official reason for Sanders' absence is being listed as a "sore thumb," as confirmed by both Gardner and the Bucks' official Twitter feed:
Drew said "he will not play tonight due to a sore thumb."— cfgardner (@cf_gardner) November 6, 2013
Larry Sanders is out tonight with a sore thumb. #MILvCLE— Milwaukee Bucks (@Bucks) November 6, 2013
1250 WSSP, a sports radio station in Milwaukee, confirms that there is a report regarding Sanders' alleged misconduct from television station TMJ 4:
Ch. 4 reporting Larry Sanders involved in fight @ Apt 720 Sat. Threw punches, smashed champaigne bottles on people's heads. No charges filed— 1250 WSSP (@1250WSSP) November 6, 2013
Remember, these reports are still unconfirmed, and we don't yet have any other details about Sanders' involvement in the fight on Saturday night.
Still, that didn't keep the situation from being a topic of discussion at the BMO Harris Bradley Center as the Bucks and Cavaliers geared up for the game.
Cavs coach Mike Brown even had a lighthearted take on what could become a serious situation, via The Plain Dealer:
#Cavs coach Mike Brown on reports that Bucks Larry Sanders out after hurting thumb in alleged bar fight: "Did he win?"— M.S. Boyer/J. Valade (@PDcavsinsider) November 6, 2013
It's tough to view this as a positive development for Sanders, who has been limited by foul trouble and a lessened role in the Milwaukee lineup under new head coach Larry Drew.
After all, it only took him a few games into the season before he complained to NBA.com's Steve Aschburner, saying, "I feel like I'm capable of being in the game at the end and helping my team win, coming up with blocks and rebounds. I haven’t been able to get my rhythm out there."
Ascburner referred to the troubled big man as, "the opposite of smooth, offensively, looking at times like he’s wrestling a lawn chair." Unfortunately, it's true.
Through three games, Sanders is averaging 2.7 points, 3.7 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 2.0 blocks per game while shooting a putrid 25 percent from the field. There's a reason he's been playing such limited minutes, and that would be his inability to make Milwaukee a better offensive team.
Eventually, the big man who broke out in a big way during the 2012-13 campaign will start reminding everyone why the NBA world fell in love with his game last year. However, there's now one more obstacle in the way of that actually happening now that his incident on Saturday is under investigation.
For now, the Bucks will have to be content carrying on with an even more depleted roster.