However, while sorting out the details, one of the officers overheard one player tell someone that he did indeed play for the Jazz. When the officer returned to his office, he pulled up the Jazz's Web site on his computer and was able to identify two of those allegedly involved in the incident, Ryan said.
Williams may have been helping to cover for Whaley, who feared losing his job with the team.
The officer contacted the Jazz organization, and on Wednesday, Whaley and Williams, along with a couple of other Jazz representatives, voluntarily showed up at the Park City Police Department to take care of the matter.
The players were interviewed by police, cited and then released.
The Jazz also conducted an investigation of its own into the matter, and NBA officials were made aware of the incident, O'Connor said.
"Robert Whaley and Deron Williams were in an establishment on Main Street in Park City late Saturday," the team said in a prepared statement. "A verbal altercation took place, but there were no injuries sustained by Jazz players."
Whaley told the team Sunday that he cut his hand in a kitchen-knife mishap involving his son, and told reporters the same tale Monday.
"Yeah," O'Connor said, "he lied to us, to you."
Whaley whose checkered past includes a statutory-rape charge that ended in a mistrial when he was a high school senior in Michigan and two felony counts plea-bargained to receive probation after a campus brawl at a community college in Kansas conceded as much Wednesday night.
"I was concerned about this accident might appear because of alleged troubles I have had in the past," Whaley, who did not answer questions, said while reading the statement. "I made up a story about an accident involving my son and a knife. That story was not true.
"I made an error in judgment hoping to avoid any negative consequences concerning my position with the Utah Jazz," he continued. "I should have told the truth, and I apologize to (Jazz owner) Larry (H. Miller), my coaches, my teammates, the fans, the media and my family."
Williams did field questions about the matter before Wednesday's game, but mostly declined comment.
At one point he said, "I don't know what you're talking about." When asked about allegedly using the name Torrey Ellis,' Williams said, "I don't know him."
O'Connor said the two of-age players Whaley is 23, Williams 21 were not violating any team policy by being at the bar.
"There was no curfew," he said. "Robert's over 21. As far as that goes, he was certainly within his right as an adult to be in the place where he was out.
"You'd like to think stupidity would enter into it with practice the next morning, but if we didn't have a curfew, and we weren't in a situation where he was required to be somewhere, I'd like to say that you can't go back and find somebody guilty and say that after the fact 'You should have known better, we didn't want you out at that time.' "
Ryan said the investigation was continuing and additional witnesses needed to be interviewed. He said there could be additional charges against others but he did not believe there would be any further action against the Jazz players.
In fact, he said, Whaley and Williams would have probably just walked free if they had simply told the truth."This all could have been avoided if they told the truth," Ryan said. "We wouldn't have been dealing with it on this level if they hadn't lied to the officers."
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