Police: Pacers Players Involved In Bar Fight

3 Players In Bar During Fight

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INDIANAPOLIS -- At least three Indiana Pacers players were involved in a fight at a bar on Indianapolis' west side early Tuesday, according to a police report.

Police said the fight, in which punches were thrown, broke out at the 8 Seconds Saloon hours after the Pacers lost to Golden State, and involved guards Jamaal Tinsley, Marquis Daniels and Keith McLeod, 6News' Derrik Thomas reported.

Police said the incident began with a man who was accused of stealing coats. That altercation did not involve players.

During that initial altercation, the bar's manager, Mark Nicholson, bumped into Tinsley, who said, "Don't you know who I am? I will ****ing kill you," according to the police report.

Police said Tinsley, Daniels and McLeod's cousin, Jeremy King, started hitting Nicholson, who suffered a damaged earlobe and possible broken jaw.

"It first started, I think, with the threat that, 'I will kill you,'" said Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Lt. Doug Scheffel. "It turned into a punch being thrown, striking the manager in the face. There was another punch allegedly thrown by Marquis Daniels ... hitting him in the ear, I believe. So, we know at least the manager was struck a couple of times"

Jamaal Tinsley (left), Marquis Daniels (center), and Keith McLeod

Charges were not immediately filed, but an Indianapolis Metropolitan Police detective is investigating the case.

On Wednesday, Pacers President and CEO Donnie Walsh issued a statement concerning the incident.

"We are aware of reports of an incident Monday night after the Golden State game allegedly involving members of the Indiana Pacers. At this time, the incident is under police investigation and until the investigation is completed, we have no further comment," the statement read.

Fans 6News spoke with on Tuesday morning were angered by the latest incident involving Pacers players, just months after Tinsley was present during a fight, in which former player Stephen Jackson is charged, at an Indianapolis strip club.

"They're not representing the Pacers in a good way and I'm very disappointed," said Jodie Hahn. "I think he (Tinsley) should not play for awhile."

"It seems like something could be done to hold them responsible," said Vicky Spalding. "We're trying to teach our kids to be responsible for their actions. I think we can ask that much of the Pacers."
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