Aug 27 2013, 7:15pm CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
According to Winton, the Los Angeles County district attorney's office cleared Pippen of any charges due to insufficient evidence.
Pippen allegedly confronted a man at the restaurant on June 23 at 6:30 p.m. The man, who appeared "highly intoxicated," took photos of Pippen and his family while they were dining. He continued to do this as the former Chicago Bulls superstar made his way to the parking lot.
The man was identified by the Los Angeles Times as Camran Shafighi, who told police the last thing he remembered when he regained consciousness was Pippen's foot in his face.
In Pippen's account, he told investigators Shafighi followed him to the valet stand where he spat and cursed at him. Pippen then spat back and pushed him away. The ex-NBA star's family said Shafighi was the aggressor, according to Winton.
All in all, Prosecutor William Ryder concludes the evidence against Pippen was insufficient because of Shafighi's "drunken condition," a lack of physical injuries, the parking employees' description of the punches and the doctor's opinion that he was feigning injury.
He was hired as a senior advisor to Bulls president and COO Michael Reinsdorf in November.
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