KGW.com reports that two brothers claim a group accompanying Blazers rookie G Damian Lillard out in Portland early Saturday morning attacked them after one of the brothers took a photo of Lillard.
In a statement to KGW, one of the men claimed that after the men took issue with the photo being taken, he tried to apologize, but then the conflict escalated into violence. Lillard was not involved in the alleged attack. Both the Blazers and the police commented to KGW:
A spokesperson for the Portland Trail Blazers told KGW “We are aware of the alleged incident. Based on preliminary reports, none of our players is considered a suspect in this case.”
Police confirmed they are investigating the incident.
“What we do know for certain at this point is Damian Lillard is not a suspect in this incident at all," said Portland Police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson. "Police did talk to him there. He remained at the scene. What we don't know is if these people were actually associated with him or people standing in a group or hangers on. We're not really sure yet."
Lillard, the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year and a unanimous first-team All-Rookie selection, won the Blazers' Maurice Lucas Award for contributions on the court and in the community and won the NBA's community assist award in March for his support of a "respect pledge" to promote positive communication and tolerance.
HT: Blazers Edge