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Bodyguards allegedly beat up 2 fans who took Damian Lillard's picture

Published: Tuesday, May 21 2013 7:41 a.m. MDT

Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers watches Utah shoot foul shots during NBA basketball in Salt Lake City, Friday, Feb. 1, 2013.

Ravell Call, Deseret News

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PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland Trail Blazers and former Weber State guard Damian Lillard’s bodyguards allegedly beat up two brothers who took a photograph of the 2013 NBA Rookie of the Year, according to a report by KGW in Portland.

The brothers said that Lillard “simply stood by” as his entourage punched and kicked them. Lillard is not a suspect in the attack, and police confirmed they are looking into the incident.

“What we do know for certain at this point is Damian Lillard is not a suspect in this incident at all,” Portland police spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson told KGW. “Police did talk to him there. He remained at the scene. What we don’t know is if these people were actually associated with him or people standing in a group. We’re not really sure yet."

The fight allegedly occurred after Jermaine Uinwa snapped a photo of Lillard with his cellphone in Portland’s Old Town district at around 2:30 a.m. on May 18.

“I took a picture and Damian Lillard was upset that I took his picture,” Uinwa said in the report. “So when he turned around he’s like, ‘Did you just take my picture.’ ”

According to the report, Lillard’s bodyguards became enraged with Uinwa who offered to apologize for the picture before a brawl erupted. Uinwa’s brother, Phil, suffered injuries that required stitches on his lip and a broken nose.

“We are aware of the alleged incident,” a spokesman for the Trail Blazers told KGW. “Based on preliminary reports, none of our players is considered a suspect in this case.”

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