CHICAGO (AP) – Boston Celtics guard Tony Allen was released on bond Friday after being charged with aggravated battery stemming from a fight at a diner this summer that escalated into a shooting, authorities said.

No one has been charged with the shooting. Allen, 23, a Chicago native, is accused of hitting and kicking another man at the restaurant, authorities said.

Allen appeared before Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan, who set his bond at $150,000, said Tom Stanton, a spokesman for the state’s attorney’s office.

Sullivan also said Allen is only allowed to travel for work purposes and ordered him back to court for a preliminary hearing Oct. 26, Stanton said.

Chicago police said Allen is not suspected of being the triggerman in the shooting that injured a man.

Allen’s attorney, Michael Zaslavsky, said he expects Allen to be cleared of the accusations.

The incident happened about 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 29 at the White Palace Grill, just west of downtown.

Authorities said Allen was at the restaurant with a group of 10 to 15 people when he saw Marktwain Johnson with another group waiting to be seated.

The two men had previously argued before they ran into each other at the grill because Allen felt Johnson had been disrespectful of the amount of money the basketball player earned, Stanton said.

During an ensuing fight, Allen was captured on the diner’s surveillance video kicking and punching another man, Nigel Odum, who was lying on the ground, Stanton said.

Soon after, Johnson was shot in the left arm and left side, police said.

Odum suffered a fracture to his eye socket and has yet to regain proper vision despite surgery, Stanton said.

Allen was a star at Chicago’s Crane High School. He’s a former Big 12 player of the year and 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.

AP-ES-10-21-05 1806EDT


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