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Celtics guard indicted in fight outside Chicago diner

11/16/2005 - NBA Tony Allen Boston Celtics + more

CHICAGO -- Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen was indicted Wednesday on three counts of aggravated battery stemming from a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a Chicago diner in August.

Cook County state's attorney spokesman Tom Stanton said the
indictment was read to Allen during a hearing Wednesday. Allen did
not enter a plea.

Allen, who was charged last month with aggravated battery and
released on a $150,000 bond, is scheduled to return to court Dec. 6
for arraignment, Stanton said.

Aggravated battery carries a maximum sentence of five years in
prison.

Allen's attorney, Michael Zaslavsky, said he had not seen the
indictment.

"I expect we will vigorously fight the charges," he said.

Allen returned to Boston and was on the bench in street clothes
for the Celtics' game against Seattle.

Celtics spokesman Brian Gleason said the team would have no
comment Wednesday night.

Allen is accused of being involved in an early morning fight at
a diner south of the downtown business district. According to
police, he punched another man in the face, breaking the man's left
eye socket.

Another man was shot in the left arm and left side, but police
spokesman Pat Camden said Allen is not suspected in the shooting.

Allen was drafted 25th overall in the 2004 draft out of Oklahoma
State. He started 34 games as a rookie, averaging 6.4 points and
2.9 rebounds. He has not played this season.