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.”
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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.”