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Thursday, March 31, 2011

UPDATED with video: Dominique Wilkins Defends Himself Against Attacker

Dominique Wilkins was honored at halftime by the Atlanta Tip-off Club with the 2011 Steve Schmit Sportsman of the Year award, by the end of the game and after wrapping up his television responsibilities he was tossing punches in defense of an attacker.

Rashan S. Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC.

Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, Jones said. Michel, of Atlanta, has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee and previously owned his own clothing store.

"The fan was promptly arrested and was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department," Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said in a statement to the AJC. "At this time the Hawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation."

NBA.com's Sekou Smith tweeted that Wilkins got in three "solid" punches during the brief fight, while his assailant landed none.

And this is no way to look on a mugshot after running up on a Hall of Famer.

and the video is via TMZ...

Didn't mama teach you not to go to somebody job to question or attempt to collect a debt? The busted up attacker has since stated that he will sue both Wilkins and the Hawks organization.