Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 5/4/12

When professional athletes hang around nightclubs into the wee hours of the morning, bad things are bound to happen. Why they would still choose to do so during a crucial time like the playoffs amazes me, but they do. According to TMZ.com, police had to break up a confrontation outside an Orlando nightclub at around 2:45 a.m. Thursday morning between Danny Granger and Kyrylo Fesenko and a group of Magic fans.

According to the report, the dust-up started when one of the club-goers accused the 7-foot-1 Fesenko of bumping into him and “unleashed a flurry of verbal attacks” on the Indiana center. As you can kind of make out in the video below, Fesenko was attempting to walk away as the mob grew. At that point Granger began running after the mob but was restrained. Here is a video of the incident, which contains some NSFW language.

Police officers on bicycles were able to diffuse the situation and no arrests were made. However, one of the officers reportedly joked to the cameraman that he would have made some arrests had he known Pacers players were involved.

A Pacers rep gave the following comments to TMZ when asked about the incident: “Our players were provoked into a verbal confrontation and ended up walking away from the confrontation. To make something more out of this than what it was is ludicrous.”

That does indeed appear to have been the case, but it’s yet another example of the types of things that can happen when superstar athletes hang around nightclubs until last call.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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