Tony Allen Provoked The Shooting, Says Victim - Shooter Part Of Allen's Entourage



Michael McCann michael_a_mccann at yahoo.com
Fri Sep 2 10:41:15 CDT 2005


I recently did a study on arrest propensity among NBA
players and age/education.  Especially in light of
TA's   potentially-impending legal trouble, you guys
might find it interesting:

http://sports-law.blogspot.com/2005/07/nba-players-that-get-in-trouble-with_20.html

Mike

--- Steve Ouellette <bosox18 at charter.net> wrote:

> Good to see fame and fortune are maturing Tony
> Allen. Do we have a 
> budding Artest on our hands?
> 
> Steve O
> 
> Way Of The Ray wrote:
> 
> >Hat Tip JS
> >
> >
>
>http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-celtics02.html
> >
> >Shooting victim says Celtics player provoked fight 
> >
> >September 2, 2005 
> >
> >BY ROMAN MODROWSKI Staff Reporter 
> >
> >
> >Boston Celtics guard and former Crane High School
> star
> >Tony Allen sparked a confrontation that led to the
> >shooting of a Hinsdale man last weekend, the victim
> >and his attorney claimed Thursday. 
> >
> >Chicago Police said they want to interview Allen,
> 23,
> >but they are not calling him a suspect. 
> >
> >Allen's lawyer, Michael Zaslavsky, refused to say
> when
> >his client might talk to detectives. "[Allen] is
> not a
> >suspect," Zaslavsky said. "According to [Thursday's
> >Chicago Sun-Times], he's accused of no wrongdoing.
> But
> >if there is an ongoing investigation, I can't
> comment
> >on that." 
> >
> >Marktwain Johnson, 29, was shot in the left arm and
> >left side early Sunday at the White Palace Grill at
> >Roosevelt and Canal. Johnson was taken to Stroger
> >Hospital, but he since has been released. 
> >
> >"I was shot at close range,'' Johnson said Thursday
> in
> >a telephone interview. "The doctor said if I didn't
> >put my hand up . . . I would have been shot in the
> >head." 
> >
> >Johnson said he didn't know the shooter but would
> be
> >able to recognize him again. The shooter was part
> of a
> >large entourage that accompanied Allen into the
> >restaurant, said Johnson's lawyer, Rahsaan A.
> Gordon. 
> >
> >'It was close range' 
> >
> >Gordon said Allen and Johnson engaged in "verbal
> >jabbing" and "posturing" months ago. 
> >
> >Johnson -- and perhaps Allen -- attended a huge
> >Saturday night party for Celtics guard Will Bynum
> at a
> >club on Canal, sources said. There are conflicting
> >accounts about whether there was a confrontation at
> >the gathering. 
> >
> >Either way, Gordon said Bynum -- Allen's former
> >teammate at Crane -- invited Johnson to the White
> >Palace for an after-party get-together. Bynum's
> agent
> >did not know whether Bynum was at the grill at the
> >time of the shooting, but regardless said he was in
> no
> >way involved. 
> >
> >Johnson "is inside the restaurant, standing at a
> >counter waiting to be seated," Gordon said, adding
> >Johnson was with several others. 
> >
> >"A short time later [around 3:30 a.m.], Tony Allen
> >comes in with a large group of 10 to 15 people.
> >Immediately when he comes in, he spots Marktwain
> >Johnson and he begins to go into his tirade." 
> >
> >"F--- him up," Allen told the shooter, according to
> >Gordon. 
> >
> >That could not be confirmed with police, who
> >interviewed Johnson at the hospital. 
> >
> >A fight ensued, and some time later "shots rang
> out,"
> >Johnson said. "I knew they were aiming for me. It
> was
> >close range." 
> >
> >Everyone scattered, but "the police have a pretty
> good
> >picture of who the shooter is," Gordon said. 
> >
> >Investigators are reviewing video surveillance
> tapes,
> >sources said. 
> >
> >Contributing: Annie Sweeney, Monifa Thomas and
> Michael
> >O'Brien 
> >
> >
> >
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