Scottie Pippen's brawl with a fan outside Nobu in Malibu was totally unprovoked -- so says Scottie's alleged victim, who tells TMZ, he never ONCE said the n-word ... and simply asked for a photo.
The 48-year-old -- who didn't want to be named -- tells us, he first spotted Scottie inside the restaurant on Sunday while waiting for a table.
The fan, his girlfriend and Scottie eventually ended up sitting near each other ... so the fan says he asked to take a photo with the NBA legend for his 12-year-old son.
According to the guy, Scottie didn't want to get up from his table to pose with him, but allowed the fan to take a photo of him sitting down (below).
When the fan saw Scottie leaving, he says he approached the ex-Bulls star in the parking lot -- thinking it wasn't a big deal -- and again asked for a pic WITH Scottie, knowing it would mean a lot to his son.
He tells us Scottie turned and said, "I told you no motherf***er" ... and then spit at him and punched him, at which point the victim fell to the ground. He says the last thing he remembers is seeing Pippen's shoe coming at his face.
According to the victim, he woke up in the hospital Monday with a concussion, fractured ribs, busted lip and chin, a broken tailbone, and possible brain injuries. He's back at home now.
As for Pippen's allegation the man spewed the n-word and spit at him ... the fan says not true -- "It’s sad to see Scottie is trashing me. I never called him the N word, and I haven’t done anything to that guy ... What’s the big deal? Taking one picture with a fan."
The man says police have already interviewed him and his girlfriend, but right now he doesn't plan to sue. "I'm not thinking about anything at the moment but getting better."
Calls to Scottie's people weren't returned.
Beatdown Victim Spit at Me
Called Me the N-Word
6/25/2013 12:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scottie Pippen's claiming he attacked a fan in Malibu this weekend in self-defense ... after the man called him the n-word and then spit at him.
Sources close to Pippen tell us, the middle-aged man who got his ass kicked by Pippen outside Nobu Sunday night was a drunk, overly aggressive fan who had been badgering Pippen for attention all evening ... beginning inside Nobu, where Pippen was eating with friends.
At one point, we're told one of Pippen's dinner guests went to the bathroom ... and the man sat in the guest's place ... continuing to pester Pippen with questions. We're told Pippen bit his tongue and politely asked the man to leave.
After the meal, we're told Pippen agreed to take a photo with the man outside the restaurant ... but the man continued to be aggressive, demanding an autograph as well. Pippen refused and we're told that's when the man dropped the n-bomb, shoved the NBA legend, then spat at him.
Sources close to Pippen say he lost it when the spit landed on his young daughter -- and Pippen flew into attack mode.
As we reported, the alleged victim was subsequently transported to a nearby hospital with severe injuries to his head, face, and back. Pippen has since spoken with authorities and he was not arrested.
Pippen's Alleged Victim
Photos After the Beatdown
6/25/2013 5:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
The guy ex-NBA star Scottie Pippen allegedly knocked out in Malibu was so injured he was removed by ambulance ... and TMZ has the first photos from the scene.
We broke the story ... police have questioned Pippen about the violent incident that went down outside Nobu Sunday night.
The alleged victim is an autograph seeker who, we're told, suffered injuries to his head and back, and even broke some teeth when the Chicago Bulls legend allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.
Although police interviewed Pippen about the brawl ... he was not arrested.
Questioned by Police
Over Knockout Incident
6/24/2013 3:05 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scottie Pippen has just been interviewed by police in connection with his alleged fight with an autograph seeker in Malibu last night, TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us, Pippen contacted authorities in Malibu moments ago. We're told police decided against arresting Pippen after speaking with him. The investigation is ongoing.
We had previously been told by law enforcement officials that Pippen had been arrested. That was not the case.
TMZ broke the story ... Pippen allegedly brutalized an autograph seeker outside Nobu restaurant Sunday night. The man was knocked out after Pippen allegedly punched him in the face and kicked him repeatedly.
Pippen left the scene. As for the victim ... he was taken to a hospital with serious injuries, including broken teeth and a swollen mouth. He also suffered injuries to his head and back.
Pippen was subsequently named as a suspect for a felony charge of assault with intent to commit great bodily injury.
Felony Assault Suspect
After Alleged Knockout
6/24/2013 11:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Scottie Pippen is officially a suspect in a felony assault with a deadly weapon investigation ... after allegedly knocking a man out in Malibu last night.
TMZ broke the story ... 47-year-old Pippen was at Nobu when he got into a fight with a man outside the restaurant, and allegedly knocked him out cold with a punch to the face.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department tells us ... Pippen has since been named as a suspect in a report for assault with a deadly weapon -- the deadly weapon being his shoes. We're told Pippen repeatedly kicked the 50-something-year-old victim when he was down.
As one source put it, "He beat the f*** out of him."
According to witnesses, the fight started after the alleged victim approached Pippen for an autograph. We're told Pippen said no, and something happened to set off the fight.
A family member of the alleged victim tells us, he was released from the hospital this morning with broken teeth, a swollen mouth, as well as back and head injuries.
Pippen's attorney had no comment.
FYI: Pippen was on the original Olympic Dream Team in '92 and retired as the Chicago Bulls' 2nd all-time leader in points, assists, and steals.
A Dude in Malibu Fight
6/24/2013 8:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Turns out Scottie Pippen doesn't need Michael Jordan to win after all -- 'cause the NBA legend KO'd a guy in Malibu last night ... TMZ has learned.
Here's what we know ... 47-year-old Pippen was outside Nobu in the 'Bu when he got into a fight with another guy.
Not clear at this point what started the altercation -- but we know it ended with the other guy getting so injured he was taken to a local hospital by ambulance.
FYI: Pippen is 6'8" and well over 200 lbs.
Police were called to the scene, but by the time they got there ... Pippen had left.
Scottie won 6 NBA titles with the Chicago Bulls ... and Jordan. None without MJ.
Story developing ...