Just a few hours after Boston police revealed that they were not launching an investigation into the street brawl involving Jahlil Okafor, the man who was allegedly punched by the 76ers rookie has reportedly come forward to file a complaint. The alleged victim told police he sustained a cut above his eye during the altercation that required stitches. He also told police a different story than the one a representative for Okafor told TMZ Sports.
Here is the police statement:
"Victim states that two black males, one believed to be Okafor, approached his group of friends and quickly began talking to a few of his female friends in an effort obtain their phone numbers. According to the victim, when his female companions refused their advances, a verbal altercation ensued between him and the suspect.
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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor was caught on video punching a man outside of a Boston nightclub on Wednesday, but it appears as though he'll come away from the incident relatively unscathed.
According to a report from ESPN.com, Boston police say they do not plan on investigating the scuffle, unless someone involved comes forward to say they were the victim of a crime.
Officer James Kenneally said Friday that police responded to reports of a fight outside a Boston nightclub hours after the winless Sixers lost to the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night. But Kenneally says the participants were gone by the time officers arrived and nobody was arrested or charged.
"Apparently, they said: 'The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You'll never win a game,' " a source close to Okafor told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.
"I was around the corner when it happened. I saw him a minute after he knocked the dude out," the source said. "I think the guy was just talking s---. Saying the Sixers suck."
It's unclear if Okafor will face any discipline, either from the NBA or from his team for his involvement in the incident. But at least for now, he seems safe from getting into any legal trouble because of it.
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