CHICAGO (AP) – Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen has been questioned by Chicago police investigators about his possible role in a fight that escalated into a shooting outside a diner this summer, Allen’s lawyer said Thursday.

Allen voluntarily met with investigators Wednesday afternoon at a Chicago police station, attorney Michael Zaslavsky said.

He said the 6-foot-4 Allen, a Chicago native, is not considered a suspect in the shooting but could not comment further because the investigation continued.

Neither police nor Zaslavsky would say if Allen had been arrested.

“Right now, everything is pending,” police spokesman Pat Camden said Thursday.

One man was wounded Aug. 29 when gunfire erupted during a fight at the White Palace Grill around 3:30 a.m., police said. Marktwain Johnson, 29, was shot in the left arm and left side.

Allen, a former Big 12 player of the year, was a standout at Oklahoma State.

He was drafted by the Celtics (25th overall) in 2004 and started 34 games as a rookie last season, averaging 6.4 points and 2.9 rebounds.

Allen, who had a small piece of cartilage removed from his right knee in September, has not played with the team this year, Celtics spokesman Jeff Twiss said.

If criminal charges are filed against Allen, it will be up to the Celtics brass to determine his status with the team, Twiss said.

AP-ES-10-20-05 1344EDT


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