Larry Sanders Reportedly Investigated for Bar Fight, out for Bucks

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistNovember 6, 2013

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: 

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. 

--End of update--


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. 

--End of update--



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

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:

1250 WSSP, a sports radio station in Milwaukee, confirms that there is a report regarding Sanders' alleged misconduct from television station TMJ 4:

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:

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'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.