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Lawyer: Pippen incident 'mundane'

HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., May 21 -- An attorney for Chicago Bulls basketball star Scottie Pippen said Sunday that a 'mundane' argument between the NBA all-star and his fiancee resulted in Pippen alledgely pushing Yvette Deleone. Attorney Sheldon Zenner added that the case would never be noticed if Pippen weren't a media figure. Pippen was charged Friday with misdemeanor battery after Deleone called police from their suburban Chicago home. Deleone was not seriously injured in the incident. Pippen was released on $100 bond and is scheduled to appear in Lake County Circuit Court on June 5. Zenner said Pippen and Deleone, who is the mother of Pippen's 3- month-old daughter, had a minor argument that escalated into shouting and eventually physical contact. 'It was a very mundane, commonplace, silly kind of thing that couples argue about every day,' Zenner told the Chicago Sun-Times. 'They got angry and voices were raised.' Zenner said Pippen went into the garage to cool off and Deleone tried to stop him. That's when Deleone contends Pippen pushed her. Zenner said Deleone threatened to call the police and Pippen responded by saying, 'Go ahead.' '(Pippen's) never done anything like this before,' Zenner said. 'Has he ever argued with his fiancee before? Yeah, I expect so. But there has never been an argument that has resulted in any kind of police interaction.' Neither Pippen nor Deleone was available for comment Sunday. The incident brought back memories of Pippen's last brush with the law in January 1994, when he was arrested after police noticed a loaded handgun in his Range Rover while it was illegally parked outside a Near North Side night spot.

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The firearms charge was later dropped, however, when a judge ruled police searched the car illegally. Pippen said he was carrying the gun because he was being stalked by a female fan.

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