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Indiana Pacers

Players in Late Night

Standoff -- Cops Respond

5/3/2012 3:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Cops rushed in to break up a heated late night exchange between several members of the Indiana Pacers and a pack of angry clubgoers in Orlando early this morning ... and the whole thing was caught on tape.

TMZ obtained footage ... showing 7'1" Kyrylo Fesenko confronting a group of people outside of Club 23 around 2:45 AM.

Sources at the scene tell us ... the whole thing began when one of the clubgoers angrily accused Kyrylo of "bumping into him" ... and then unleashed a flurry of verbal attacks at the NBA star.

As Kyrylo tried to walk away from the situation ... the mob grew in numbers and the taunts became louder.

That's when Kyrylo's teammate Danny Granger charged towards the clubgoers ... only to be restrained by some of his friends.

Multiple bike cops peddled to the scene and diffused the situation ... with Granger and Kyrylo calmly walking away without further incident.

FYI -- the Pacers were in town for a playoff game against the Orlando Magic ... and after the incident, a cop jokingly says to the camera guy if he would have known that Pacers were involved in the dust up he would have arrested the guys. Clearly, a Magic fan.

A rep for the Pacers tells TMZ ... "Our players were provoked into a verbal confrontation and ended up walking away from the confrontation. To make something more out of this than what it was is ludicrous."

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1.

bf    

Stupid big dummies. You are in NBA playoff !!!!! What are you doing near Night Club?

839 days ago
2.

Jack    

All NBA players should wear ankle monitors, when they get within 50 feet of another person they will let out a warning, "uneducated, spoiled, self-absorbed athlete approaching, please be stand back or you risk injury or possible death."

839 days ago
3.

MikeR    

ZZZZZZzzzzzz BOOOORING. What a waste of space and time.

839 days ago
4.

bubblezzz    

The Pacers need to stop and learn an lesson! They have the lowest attendance in the league! Now this is just going to set them back again...SMH

839 days ago
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nate    

Why the NBA is unwatchable. Bunch of entitled idiots with guaranteed contracts who don't know fundamental basketball. They are in the middle of a play off series, but have to go clubbing? Seriously? GTFO.

839 days ago
6.

haskel420    

BLACK ATHLETES ,, these guys start off as THUGS and remain THUGS after the league has given them a chance to preform like a man but they remain lil boy THUGS

839 days ago
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Jim in Cali    

There needs to be a study done whether going to a night club will result in a loss of IQ points. I can guarantee it probably does. Stupidty Compounded

839 days ago
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joe    

Why no video

839 days ago
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tellmeaboutit     

Does anybody with even half a brain (I know it's too much to ask for manners) go to clubs anymore?? Always brawling, cussing, etc. - boring jackasses

839 days ago
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esq777    

I see these guys are really conerned with the playoffs.

839 days ago
11.

Garfield    

Blacks, where ever they go, ignorance, violence and crime is sure to follow.

839 days ago
12.

digdug    

Black people trying to start a fight?? I'm shocked!

839 days ago
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nof    

Howz this any different than Paps setting celebs up for smack-downs, footage and TMZ sales?


This is like the Pap baiting Sean Penn outside of Penn's home - with someone shooting the encounter.


Splitting proceeds from the sale/law suit.

839 days ago
14.

nof    

Don't believe for a second Indiana started this.

839 days ago
15.

nof    

I've had dudes try to punk-me in a bar.


Cuz they know who I be.


It's not new.

839 days ago
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