Brothers claim Damian Lillard photo led to assault

Dallas Mavericks forward Shawn Marion, right, defends against Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore., Sunday, April 7, 2013. Marion scored 20 points as Dallas won 96-91. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)
Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard gets around Mavericks' Shawn Marion in Portland, Sunday, April 7, 2013. (AP Photo/Don Ryan)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Two brothers allege they were beaten up after one of them snapped a photo of Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard early Saturday morning in the Old Town/Chinatown neighborhood of downtown Portland.

The incident reportedly occurred around 2:30 a.m. Saturday in the area of Northwest 4th Avenue and Davis Street.

Sgt. Pete Simpson, a Portland police spokesman, said Damian Lillard stayed at the scene and was questioned. He has not been identified as a suspect nor have the others at the scene been identified as associates of Lillard.

Simpson said that the two brothers told responding officers they were assaulted by a group of people standing near Lillard after one of them took a picture of him.

The two victims, identified as 28-year-old Jermaine Ulinwa and his 21-year-old brother Philemon, received treatment at the scene by Portland Fire & Rescue crews.

“We are aware of the alleged incident,” the Blazers said in a brief statement Monday. “Based on preliminary reports, none of our players is considered a suspect in this case.”

Lillard is starring in a new anti-bullying ad campaign.

If true, “He should probably choose the people he’s going to hang around with a little better,” said Blazer fan Cliff Richardson, “if he’s going to be a role model.”

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