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Report: Former NBA star Tom Chambers charged with assault in restaurant altercation

Trail Blazers vs Suns NBA Playoffs 1990

Phoenix Suns Tom Chambers (24) is closely guarded by Portland Trail Blazers Buck Williams during their NBA Western Conference Finals game, Friday, May 26, 1990, Phoenix, Az. Chambers scored 24 points to lead the Suns in their 123-89 win. (AP Photo/Jack Smith)


Tom Chambers, who starred with the Seattle SuperSonics and Phoenix Suns, has been charged with assault after a confrontation at a Scottsdale, Ariz., restaurant in April.


Witnesses told police the other patron, Alexander Bergelt, began to take verbal jabs at Tom including, “You’re not sh*t,” “You’re tall and scrawny” and “Look at your big head.”

Tom told police the final straw came when Bergelt said, “Your mom should have killed you when you came out of the womb as ugly as you are, your arms are skinny, your chest is this. Your belly is big.”

Tom admits he “absolutely put hands on [Alexander]” but never punched him. Tom says he was trying to get Alexander to “show respect.”

Alexander told police a different story -- saying Chambers came at him from across the bar, grabbed him by the throat and threw him backwards.

Bergelt is 22. Chambers is 59.