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Phillips, Heckling Fan Tangle

May 16, 1996

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Chicago White Sox outfielder Tony Phillips was questioned by police today after going into the stands to confront a heckling fan during Wednesday night’s game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Phillips, who already had changed out of his uniform into street clothes, went after a fan behind the left-field bleachers about 30 minutes before the game ended, said Sheriff’s Dept. Sgt. Mark Strachota.

Strachota said the 23-year-old fan and Phillips were questioned early today but that nobody had been immediately cited.

``There was a physical altercation, but I don’t know who was at fault,″ Strachota said.

Lt. Joseph Delaney said at mid-morning that Phillips and the fan were released after being questioned, and authorities planned to speak to two or three witnesses later today.

No other details on the incident were immediately available.

Phillips was taken out of the game after the sixth inning. The White Sox won 20-8 in a game delayed almost two hours by fog.

On Monday night, Phillips hollered at some fans who threw peanuts at him behind the White Sox dugout on the third-base side, and stadium security and Sheriff’s deputies converged on the area.

Milwaukee County Stadium isn’t new to fan-player incidents.

Last July 30, California designated hitter Chili Davis poked a heckling fan in the face, drawing a $5,000 fine by the American League and a $287 citation for disorderly conduct.

The fan recently sued Davis for unspecified damages in excess of $5,000, plus lawyer expenses. That civil case in pending and Davis is being represented by Gerald P. Boyle, who was serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer’s trial lawyer.

The night before the Davis incident, Baltimore Orioles scout Deacon Jones became involved in a scuffle with a couple of intoxicated fans and got whacked in the head twice with a giveaway umbrella.

Also last season, Blue Jays infielder Ed Sprague threw a piece of chewing tobacco into the stands because he said some fans were ``riding him.″ The tobacco didn’t strike anybody, but one of the fans wadded it up and tossed it back into the dugout.