Larry Sanders Responds to Night Club Fight Citations Via Instagram

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistDecember 5, 2013

Nov 9, 2013; Milwaukee, WI, USA;  Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (center) sits on the bench with guard O.J. Mayo (left) and forward Ersan Ilyasova (right) in the 2nd quarter at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Sanders did not play after suffering a hand injury in an off-court incident.  Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
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Following a series of citations in the aftermath of his nightclub brawl, Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders has taken to Instagram in order to voice his opinion. 

The original pictures have since been taken down, but fortunately we have the quotes preserved. And they speak for themselves. 


Quote 1: 

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?!

Quote 2: 

Good thing I didn't get jumped by a bunch of black guys that night or it would've been gang sheeeeeeeesh!!

Quote 3: 

I blame no one for my mistakes...I take full responsibility for my actions, this is something I've dealt with my whole life..from being the black male being followed around the store to being the black male helped around the store..I've seen the American society from both ends...ppl are hypnotized by the media to feel and base certain judgment toward certain groups of ppl and they don't even know it...born into a system put in place before our existence

All of this was in reference to an incident from early November—one that led to a thumb injury and the subsequent surgery that has sidelined Sanders for close to a month. Due to his actions in a bar fight, Sanders has now received multiple citations. 

Here's the full legal result, according to Colleen Henry and Terry Sater of

Milwaukee police have issued two citations to a Milwaukee Bucks player involved in a fight at a nightclub last month.

Lt. Mark Stanmeyer said that citations of disorderly conduct and assault and battery were issued to Larry Sanders in the Nov. 3 incident.

Sanders' lawyer has since told his legal team that he plans on fighting the fines, which could add up to $550. In fact, Sanders' attorney is on the record as saying that he'll do so "vigorously." 


Nov 22, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders (8) watches from the bench during the fourth quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers defeated the Bucks 115-107 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Howard
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Per Henry and Sater, "Sanders said the group was kicking and punching him, so he defended himself by swinging bottles."

One champagne bottle made contact with a 26-year-old man and resulted in an injury that required eight stitches to close. 

Sanders' comments are presumably meant to provide further context, but while he may not have started the brawl—the unnamed person who sprayed champagne at him did that—he did allow it to escalate. As we've learned so often in the world of sports, it's often the person who responds that gets in trouble.

On a basketball note, Bucks head coach Larry Drew also told Sater that he was hoping to have Sanders back in the lineup as soon as possible. For the sake of all parties involved, that would be best.

Playing basketball would allow Sanders to refocus, and his presence on the court would certainly help out a struggling Milwaukee team.