Indiana players accused of punching a man in the head, but no charges have been filed as of yet
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INDIANAPOLIS - Indiana Pacers guard Jamaal Tinsley and teammates Marquis Daniels and Keith McLeod were involved in a fight with a bar manager after a home loss to Golden State, police said.
No one was immediately arrested or charged after the Tuesday fight. Indianapolis police Lt. Doug Scheffel said Wednesday it would take several days to complete the investigation to determine if charges would be filed.
The Indianapolis police report said the bar manager of the 8 Seconds Saloon might have a fractured jaw and severed earlobe. He told officers that Tinsley had threatened to kill him, the report said. Witnesses told officers that McLeod had shoved people during the scuffle that happened about 2:15 a.m. at the club on the city's west side.
The confrontation followed another fight involving a person who employees thought was trying to steal coats from the coat check area, police said.
The manager and witnesses told officers that Tinsley, Daniels and a man with them punched the manager in the face and head.
The manager ''stated that he was unable to defend himself, at which time both witnesses . . . stated that they felt that the life of the victim was in danger,'' according to the report.
Pacers CEO Donnie Walsh said in a statement Wednesday that the team was aware of the allegations but would have no further comment until police complete the investigation.
''I had nothing to do with this,'' Tinsley said in a statement released by the Pacers. ''I'm extremely upset that my name has been associated with this.''
Daniels' agent, Glenn Schwartzman, said the players were at the nightclub for an event celebrating the Indianapolis Colts' Super Bowl victory and that Daniels was not involved in the fight.
''It is 100 percent, no doubt about it,'' Schwartzman told The Associated Press. ''He is a good guy who did nothing wrong other than be an NBA player and out with the community after the Colts won the Super Bowl.''
Tinsley was at a strip club with then-Pacers teammate Stephen Jackson in October when a fight broke out during which Jackson fired a gun into the air several times before he was hit by a car.
Tinsley was not charged in that fight, but Jackson faces criminal recklessness and other charges. Jackson has pleaded not guilty.