MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee Bucks center Larry Sanders was out of the lineup for Wednesday’s game against Cleveland because of a swollen right thumb and is under investigation for an off-the-court incident.
Reports came out Wednesday evening that Sanders apparently was involved in an incident at a Milwaukee establishment Saturday night. Bucks coach Larry Drew commented on the matter in his pregame gathering with the media but said the reason Sanders was sitting out Wednesday was the thumb injury.
WTMJ-4, the NBC TV affiliate in Milwaukee, first reported that Milwaukee police are investigating a fight Saturday night/Sunday morning at Apartment 720, a nightclub in downtown Milwaukee.
According to Milwaukee police, officers were sent to meet the victim of a battery at a local hospital around 2:20 a.m. Sunday. The victim, a 26-year-old man from Sussex, Wis., told the responding officers that his forehead was cut when he was struck by a bottle during a fight that occurred around 1:15 a.m. on Nov. 3. The Bucks lost to the Raptors on Saturday night at the BMO Harris Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
Police say the victim identified the suspect as a 24-year-old man from Milwaukee and officers and detectives are gathering evidence to determine the cause of the fight and the involvement of the suspect and victim.
The names of the victim and suspect were not released by police because no charges have been filed. According to police, the investigation will be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s office in the coming days.
“It was reported that there was an incident,” Drew said. “Not sure exactly what happened. Just right now it’s under investigation.”
“I don’t know much more. . . . I do know that it is being investigated. That’s the word I’ve gotten.”
The Bucks released the following statement Wednesday evening:
“We are aware of an incident Saturday evening. The matter is under investigation and Larry Sanders is cooperating fully. At this time we will have no further comment.”
Sanders missed practice Monday to be with his wife as she gave birth to the couple’s second child. He sat out of practice Tuesday because of the swollen thumb. Sanders said Tuesday the thumb injury occurred during Saturday night’s loss to Toronto.
“It’s all swollen,” Sanders said after practice Tuesday. “These hands are big, but as soon as I fall on them, one of these limbs goes the wrong way and it’s trouble. (We decided) just to stay off it a little bit.”