Pippen's attorney, Mark Geragos, indicated his client will sue.
"This shakedown artist was drunk, screaming racial slurs, and assaulted my client and his family," Geragos said. "Scottie and his family are grateful to the sheriff for their investigation and DA for their decision to reject these unfounded charges. Scottie and his family plan on holding this man accountable for his outrageous actions."
Shafighi's lawyer Lee Boyd, said she's disappointed with the district attorney's decision and denied her client feigned injuries.
"The ambulance and hospital records confirm the gravity of the victim's harm, which included seizure-like activity, secondary trauma, unresponsiveness and altered levels of consciousness," Boyd said.
She added that Shafighi sought to share the records with investigators but prosecutors didn't contact him or his lawyers until Wednesday.
Boyd said prosecutors may have opted not to file charges because of Pippen's status.
"We have no doubt that had this vicious attack involved an everyday citizen, instead of a famous and connected individual like Mr. Pippen, that criminal charges would have been filed in this case," she said.
Pippen, 47, won six NBA titles with Michael Jordan and the Bulls. In 1996, he was named one of the NBA's 50 greatest players. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2010.
Pippen now serves as special adviser to the Bulls' president and chief operating officer.
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