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Police want to talk to Chris Brown about alleged assault during basketball game

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Singer Chris Brown performs onstage during the BET AWARDS '14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

Singer Chris Brown performs onstage during the BET AWARDS ’14 at Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE on June 29, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for BET)

LAS VEGAS — Las Vegas police want to talk to R&B singer Chris Brown, who has been named as a suspect in an alleged assault during an early-morning basketball game Monday.

A man told police he’d been playing basketball at the Palms Casino Resort when an argument broke out and Brown punched him. When he prepared to defend himself, he said, another man who was with Brown hit him.

“A verbal altercation on the court led to a physical fight and the victim was punched by another male subject who was later identified as 25-year-old recording artist Chris Brown,” police said in a news release.

Via publicist Nicole Perna, Brown denied being involved in the confrontation.

“Chris is currently in Las Vegas as he is performing at Drai’s on May 5th and receiving a Key to the Strip that day as well,” Perna said in a statement. “He has a suite at the hotel that has a basketball court and invited friends to come play. An unruly individual showed up uninvited and was removed from the premises. Chris was not in an altercation with this person.”

The alleged victim was treated for injuries at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center and released.

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police detectives went to the hotel to talk to Brown but the singer wasn’t available.

Brown has been given the option of signing a citation for misdemeanor battery, according to LVMPD, or having the case submitted to the Clark County District Attorney’s Office for prosecution.

Police had not heard from Brown or his attorney at the time of the release about whether he would sign the citation.

Brown’s previous clashes with the law have been well-publicized.

In June 2009, he pleaded guilty to committing felony assault during a fight with then-girlfriend singer Rihanna. His five-year probation period in that case ended in March 2015.

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