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Dominique Wilkins'

GNARLY Brawl --

THE VIDEO

3/31/2011 2:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Dominique Wilkins landed a SOLID punch to the face of his alleged attacker last night in Atlanta -- and TMZ has obtained video of the very moment the NBA legend delivered the knuckle sandwich.

Dominique Wilkins Attack VideoThe video -- which was shot after the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena -- starts midway through the brawl between Wilkins and Rashan Michel. You can clearly see Wilkins land a NASTY straight right punch to Michel's face before he's pulled away from the fray.

But ... 'Nique wasn't ready for it to be over -- because that's when he rips off his tie ... then his jacket ... and gets ready for round two.

By that time it's all over ... but you GOTTA CHECK IT OUT!

Michel was arrested for simple battery after the brawl -- but, as we first reported, he claims he never touched 'Nique ... and he plans on suing.

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16.

Mike    

PRO US...MAYBE...JUST MAYBE...you weren't at the game and don't have anything to do with what happened. But you can come up with all sorts of theories? But what we know (for sure) is that you don't know either one of these guys or what happened between the two. And then...we know that this guy came up the Dom at his place of employment on some "you owe me some money" sh*t. That deserves an a/s/s whippin on that alone.

1303 days ago
17.

THIN LIZZY    

Don't start **** and you won't eat afist.

1303 days ago
18.

KEEPIN IT REAL    

Ok folks....If you show up at someone elses party with security that he has paid for at that party and start some chit, don't be surprised if you come up on the short end of the fight. This man was clearly antagonizing Dominique, and we don't know if this is the first time. Celebrities are human. And to those of you who ask.....why kick a man when he is down? My answer is....thats when he's closest to your foot. For future reference Rashan, if you go looking for trouble, you may just find it. If he truly owed you money, maybe you should have done the right thing first (take him to court, and I dont mean the basketball one) and last night would have never been an issue. And to all of you morons out there who have not realized that the media puts info out there based on what they think is gonna get the exact type of negative attention that you are giving....I feel truly sorry for you. You have to know that there was more to that fight than the few seconds that you saw. Give it a rest guys and stop buying into this crap. Ask yourself this question.....Why would an entire department of officials play into a scam to protect Dominique? If he was wrong, lets assume that the truth will come out and he will be punished accordingly. If he is not, I say more power to him.

1303 days ago
19.

Greg    

Nique pay that man the $12,500 you owe him for all the tailor made suits you purchased from him

1303 days ago
20.

Bud    

No wonder he's pissed. "Dominique" is a girls name...I'd be peeved too!

1303 days ago
21.

JZ    

HOLD UP Everyone! This isnt a random act! I know Rashan and he aint no thug, he sells custom suits to alot of NBA & NFL ball players! Both of those guys are great dudes, i just think the timing was bad and Nique might have been embarrassed!!

1303 days ago
22.

Otis    

Even if Michel pushed him in the back (which I don't believe) there is no excuse for Dominique's response. The guards were holding the man down (Therefore, the situation was contained)and Dominique assaulted him.

He should sue Dominique and the Hawks because they put his life in danger by restraining him and not Dominique. If they were going to hold him down, they should have also held Dominique back.

1303 days ago
23.

Lori    

Who?

1303 days ago
24.

PRO US    

@Mike, Post # 16: "PRO US...MAYBE...JUST MAYBE...you weren't at the game and don't have anything to do with what happened. But you can come up with all sorts of theories? But what we know (for sure) is that you don't know either one of these guys or what happened between the two. And then...we know that this guy came up the Dom at his place of employment on some "you owe me some money" sh*t. That deserves an a/s/s whippin on that alone."

Posted at 1:05 PM on Mar 31, 2011 by Mike

I don't agree with you. I saw the video clip of Dominique viciously punching Michel in the face while the Hawks' security guards held Michel down. Very cowardly of Dominique. Only a coward or a madman hits another man when that man is down and restrained by others.

Michel came to Dominique's place of employment to ask for the $13,000 that Dominique owed him. Michel has the right to ask Dominique for that money in any public place. Dominique doesn't get immunity from being asked to pay his debts. Michel doesn't deserve any a-s-s whipping for asking Dominique to pay what he owes Michel. Is Dominique too broke to pay his debts? If so, Dominique shouldn't have ordered those fancy suits from Michel. Dominique is obviously in the wrong here.

If Michel pushed or punched Dominique first, then that was wrong too. But it doesn't give the Atlanta Hawks' "Goodwill Ambassador" the right to punch out a restrained man when he's down. Maybe you like to give people "a-s-s whippings" but that is not in the job description of a professional sports franchise's "Goodwill Ambassador". If that's "goodwill", what's "badwill"?

If Dominique is not prosecuted for attacking Michel, then it is only because of "celebrity justice." And Dominique, act like a man, apologize for your loss of self-control and pay off your debt to Michel.

1303 days ago
25.

PRO US    

@KEEPIN IT REAL, Post # 18: "And to those of you who ask.....why kick a man when he is down? My answer is....thats when he's closest to your foot."

Posted at 1:53 PM on Mar 31, 2011 by KEEPIN IT REAL

I've said what I wanted to say about this incident, but what you wrote above, that's really funny! ROFL

1303 days ago
26.

Tania    

Some of you need to learn to read. The article clearly states that the video starts midway through the brawl.

'The video -- which was shot after the Atlanta Hawks game at Philips Arena -- starts midway through the brawl between Wilkins and Rashan Michel'

1303 days ago
27.

dianne    

If you push someone in the back, that is one thing, but to hit a man that is being held down by other men, that is chicken s**t. Dominique I believe we will be seeing more of you and your thugs in court on this matter. Maybe Dominique should have paid the man, this would not have happened.

1303 days ago
28.

marknyc    

the COPS clearly got it all under control, right? NOT. not even close. all wrong. completely.

1302 days ago
29.

chicagannie    

1. Why is a GUY named Dominique?

2. Time was, pro athletes had a code of conduct they had to adhere to. No drugs, no guns, and no beating other people up. Not anymore.

1302 days ago
30.

Kinglouietechno    

Wow I quess basketball players are thugs to lol...someone needs a hug

1302 days ago
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