The daughter of former Chicago Bulls all-star Scottie Pippen was arrested Sunday morning for urinating in a hotel lobby.
According to Iowa City police criminal complaints, around 1:30 a.m., 20-year-old Sierra M. Pippen entered the lobby of the Sheraton Inn, urinated on the floor and left.
Hotel staff told police they recognized Pippen from an earlier incident.
Pippen was found in the walkway next to the hotel. She appeared to be intoxicated and smelled of alcohol, police said. Police said Pippen was wearing two bar wrist bands.
Pippen refused to participate in field sobriety and breath tests and also accused the officer of being a racist, police said. She was arrested on charge of public intoxication and public urination.
According to criminal complaints, Sunday morning’s incident was Pippen’s second at the hotel this month.
On April 10, Pippen got into a fight with security at the hotel and was arrested after admitting to being drunk and submitting to a breath test that showed her blood alcohol content to be .141 percent.
Pippen is a University of Iowa student. Her father was a six-time NBA champion and seven time NBA All-Star with the Chicago Bulls.
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About Larry Hughes
Hughes has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Golden State Warriors, Washington Wizards, Cleveland Cavaliers, Chicago Bulls, New York Knicks, Sacramento Kings, Charlotte Bobcats, and Orlando Magic. He was drafted by Philadelphia in the 1st round of the 1998 NBA Draft out of Saint Louis University, where he was named Freshman of the Year. He is known for being a versatile and athletic guard with strong defensive abilities and was selected to the 2004–05 NBA All-Defensive 1st Team as a member of the Wizards. He led the league in steals per game with 2.89 in 2004–05.
Marijuana plants are seen in Chicago where officers say they discovered two football fields worth of pot plants growing on the city’s South Side Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2012. Authorities say more than 1,000 cannabis plants were discovered during a helicopter operation Tuesday. Some were as tall as Christmas Trees. (AP Photo/Teresa Crawford)
CHICAGO (AP) — In Chicago, a bustling urban metropolis where skyscrapers are as likely to sprout up as anything a farmer might plant, someone decided there was just enough room to grow something a little more organic: Marijuana.
The plants grew even taller than the tallest Chicago Bulls. However, just days before the crop on a chunk of land the size of two football fields would have been ready to harvest, a police officer and county sheriff’s deputy in a helicopter spotted it as they headed back to their hangar about three miles away.
On Wednesday, a day after the discovery of the largest marijuana farm anyone at the police department can remember, officers became farmers for a day as they began to chop down about 1,500 marijuana plants that police said could have earned the growers as much as $10 million.
No arrests had been made as of Wednesday, and police were still trying to determine who owns the property that housed the grow site on the city’s far South Side. But police said they were hopeful that because of the size of the operation, informants or others might provide tips about those involved, including a man seen running from the area as the helicopter swooped low.
James O’Grady, the commander of the department’s narcotics division, said they’ve never seen anything like it before, in part because Chicago’s harsh winters mean growers have a lot less time to plant, grow and harvest marijuana than their counterparts in less inclement places such as California and Mexico. The bumper crop was likely planted in spring, O’Grady said.
Add to that the urban sprawl: there are few spots in Chicago where such an operation could go unnoticed because of all the buildings, roads and residents. The growers took pains to ensure their crop was largely hidden by a canopy of trees and surrounding vegetation.
“Somebody put a lot of thought into it,” O’Grady said. “But they probably didn’t anticipate the helicopter.”
Chicago Police Officer Stan Kuprianczyk, a pilot, said police helicopters flew “over it all the time,” to and from their hangar, without spying the grow site. Yet somehow, a number of factors came together to allow Cook County Sheriff’s Deputy Edward Graney to spot the plants.
“We had the right altitude, the right angle, the right sunlight, and I happened to be glancing down,” said Graney. He said he initially spotted five plants or so through the trees before he asked Kuprianczyk to circle around for a closer look.
“We just happened to be right over a small hole in the trees and we looked down,” Kuprianczyk said.
They also happened to have the right training, Graney said, explaining that just a few weeks earlier a much smaller operation in suburban Chicago prompted them to fly over and videotape the scene so they might be able to recognize marijuana if they ever saw it from the air again.
So, by the time Graney spotted the marijuana plants, which are a much brighter shade of green than the surrounding vegetation, he had a pretty good idea what he was looking at.
Superintendent Garry McCarthy, whose officers are more used to intercepting shipments of marijuana grown elsewhere or discovering hydroponic growing operations inside buildings, said the discovery of the marijuana is significant in a larger fight against street violence.
Those involved with narcotics, whether it is marijuana, heroin or cocaine, purchase firearms with their profits and have shown they’re willing to use them to protect their business, he said.
“That’s where the violence comes in, the competition for the markets,” he said.
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Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen were together again for another championship celebration, this time to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the Chicago Bulls’ first title.
The Hall of Famers along with some teammates and coaches were on hand for a halftime ceremony during Saturday’s game against the Utah Jazz, reliving their past glory.
There was Jordan dunking over Patrick Ewing again. Pippen was wreaking havoc on both ends, John Paxson was nailing jumpers, the Pistons were hurrying off the court and the Bulls were hoisting the trophy, drenched in champagne after knocking off the Lakers.
It was all there during a video set to Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” that kicked off the festivities.
Former Bulls broadcaster Jim Durham served as the master of ceremonies, and there were loud cheers as each player was introduced, starting with Dennis Hopson. Horace Grant and John Paxson each received a nice ovation, and fans just about came unglued when Pippen was introduced.
And when Jordan was called? Well, the roar was what anyone would expect.
In his address to the crowd, Pippen thanked the organization for bringing “back a memory that we all want to live again just one more time.”
“This is very special for us,” he said.
Jordan, grinning ear-to-ear, thanked the Bulls for “allowing us to reunite” and added, “You guys are in store for a lot of other championships.”
The current team with Derrick Rose leading the way is stirring memories of a championship era that kicked into gear 20 years ago. The 1990-91 team went 61-21 and finally beat Detroit after losing to the Pistons in the Eastern Conference finals the previous two years, then took out Magic Johnson’s Los Angeles Lakers in five games to start the first of Chicago’s two three-peats.
“I was just talking to Paxson,” Jordan said after the ceremony. “I said, ‘You guys could be the best team in the East if you play the type of basketball you guys have been playing. I don’t think it’s going to take them seven years.”
That’s how long it took for Jordan, who endorsed Rose for league MVP.
“That kid has come into his own,” Jordan said. “He’s matured quite a bit. When he came into the league, everybody said he had speed and can get to the rim, but he can’t shoot. Now, he can shoot the 3 as well as pull-up shots. He has very few flaws. I’m pretty sure the next thing they’re going to say is he doesn’t play good defense or can’t handle the double team. Time will tell.
“I think he’s a great piece for this franchise to rebuild with. They’ve got some other pieces that helped them quite a bit. Everybody’s talking about Boston, everybody’s talking about Miami and Orlando, you tend to forget about Chicago.”
Several key members of the first championship team were absent on Saturday, most notably Phil Jackson and Jerry Krause. In a taped message, Jackson said the clinching win was “truly an exciting moment for all of us” and was “just the start of something big.”