Lakers' Fisher denies altercation reports

Updated: April 30, 2010, 5:33 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

Lakers guard Derek Fisher strongly denied reports that he was involved in an altercation with a man at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City last week, when the Lakers were in town playing the Thunder in Games 3 and 4 of their best-of-seven first-round playoff series.

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"It has been brought to my attention that media in Oklahoma City is reporting I was in an altercation with a man last week while the team was in town for the playoffs. These reports are false," Fisher said. "I was not involved in any altercation and would have hoped that the media would check their sources and facts before reporting or insinuating that I was in any way violent."

The story first broke last week on an Oklahoma City radio station and has subsequently spread virally over the Internet.

Fisher, head of the NBA Players Association, said an altercation did take place -- but it was last year -- and he was actually an innocent bystander, and served as a witness for police.

"To be clear, over a year ago, I was a witness to an altercation at a Waffle House in Oklahoma City after a regular season game," Fisher said. "The police were called after a fight broke out between two patrons. I reported what I had seen, was thanked by the police for my assistance and returned to my hotel. I was an innocent bystander and simply assisted police that evening. I will not be making any further comment on the matter."

Ramona Shelburne is a reporter and columnist for ESPNLosAngeles.com

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