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

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BacanaUte
Holladay, UT

What a class act. So what, someone took a picture of you on the street. I guess those bodyguards better increase in number for the thousands that take pictures of him during games.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

“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.”

But allegedly your player sat by while his employees broke the law acting only after your player allegedly indicated his displeasure... Maybe your player didn't break the law by committing a felony, but he allegedly failed to report a crime and broke the law there. If so, he was at least an accessory, just like a getaway driver or better yet the mastermind behind a bank robbery is an accessory to the crime even if they never took any of the money.

Claudio
Springville, Ut

The story is very one-sided. But of course, the good and faithful DN readers are happy to jump on board and assume the worst. I know Damian personally. He's a great kid, honest, hard-working, humble, and genuinely kind to everyone he meets. Knowing his character, I feel confident that this one-sided story is far less than an honest account of what really happend.

localblue
Sandy, UT

Wow, guilty until proven innocent. Great way to treat one of our favorite sons.

ekute
Layton, UT

Disappointing, hope he clears it up or makes amends. He has a lot of fans here in Utah.

doc33
Las Vegas, NV

I see nothing wrong with the reporting of a newscast done by a Portland TV station which included a video tape of the brothers who make what seems to be a credible statement. Incidentally, Lillard is not commenting on the alleged confrontation. At this point, I think it is up to him to clear up the matter if he can.

baddog
Cedar Rapids, IA

@Claudio:

You may be correct on a one-sided story. But, too often the "star" gets a pass and the commoner gets the fat lip.

No where did we see in the story that Lillard tried to call off his dogs, or if not his dogs, at least his supporters.

Fame and money change people. It's likely the Lillard you knew is not the Lillard of today with the awards and accolades he has received.

Either way, he was wrong to stand by and watch the beatings without saying anything.

Cinci Man
FT MITCHELL, KY

Claudio,
Where is the story you read? And where are the comments blasting Lillard? All I see is one reader who simply pointed out that these were Lillard's employees and that as his agents, acting on his behalf, could have been encouraged to stop by Lillard. The investigation is still underway. All that is in the article I'm reading. Lillard may be the greatest person you have ever met in your life, but that doesn't mean that he didn't stand idly by, that he wasn't upset about his picture being taken, and that his bodyguards didn't overreact. I expect that there will be a quiet settlement and that this will go away. As a great young man, I'm sure he will accept any responsibility he has and will take care of it. You are overreacting when you criticize DN readers who are interested in the details of this story. Settle down.

TOO
Sanpete, UT

Am I the only one who thinks it's weird he has body guards? Do many athletes have them? You're an athlete for crying out loud, you aren't a king.

Pipes
Salt Lake City, UT

Why would he need a bodyguard? Why would he care if a fan took a picture. Isn't that the price of fame? I'd like to hear his side of the story but as it stands, it appears his fame has gone to his head.

EdGrady
Idaho Falls, ID

How long has Lillard had this Barbara Streisand Complex?

Sampson
Hurricane, UT

The bodyguards are the ones who should be under scrutiny, not Lilliard. This article seems very one-sided. Where are the versions of the incident from the bodyguards or Lilliard?

Aloha Saint George
Saint George, Utah

Sounds like one sided reporting- not good investigating.

USAlover
Salt Lake City, UT

The legacy of the Portland "Jailbreaker" continues. Scratch Lillard from my cheer list...forever.

Denver2Portland
Denver, CO

You can't beleive everything you read, especially from the DN. This is only one side of the story.

NancyW
Salt Lake City, Utah

I find it almost comical to accuse the DN for one-sided reporting on this story. This is a report from another media outlet in Portland. The DN had no involvement in the reporting! If you actually read the story rather than blindly throw out comments that maintain absolutely no merit whatsoever you'd probably notice numerous times that this story says, "According to the report." Yes, the "original" report seems to cover only one side, but an attempt to contact the accused was obviously unsuccessful. A spokesperson for the Trail Blazers handled the questions. You obviously don't understand how contacting athletes works, especially in professional sports. You schedule interviews through the PR. What the DN did was inform readers of a hometown player that is in the news. Actually read the story next time. You might learn something.

Tajemnica
West Valley, Utah

Read the story from ESPN NO where does it say anything about the suspects being body guards. This is based on the victims reports that Lillard's "posse" were the perpetrators.

oldrunner
Ogden, UT

If I spent my day out on the street taking pictures of people I don't know, I would expect to get beat up at some point. These guys knew that what they were doing was offensive. They did it anyway. They were engaging in risky behavior and they got tagged by someone who took offense. End of story. If they made it a felony to be stupid, those guys would have a life sentence. Or, were they just after a quick buck?

Wookie
Omaha, NE

Before one rushes to judge, why don't we let the police run their investigation and then, even then not judge, as it is not our place to do so...

GO UTES!!

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