Olowokandi, 29, was taken into custody about 3 a.m. after he
refused to leave Tiki Bob's, said Indianapolis Police spokesman
Sgt. Stephen Staletovich.
He was charged with disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing,
both misdemeanors, Staletovich said.
The center was suspended by the team for Thursday night's game
against the Indiana Pacers for "conduct detrimental to the team,"
Timberwolves general manager Jim Stack said in a statement.
Olowokandi was held overnight in an Indianapolis jail and
released Thursday afternoon.
Staletovich said the club's manager asked police, who were
investigating another call, to help him get the 7-foot Olowokandi
to leave. He refused, and police shocked him twice with a stun gun
until he complied and then took him into custody.
"We are extremely disappointed in Michael Olowokandi's actions
last night," Stack said. "Regardless of how the incident
escalated, he never should have been in that situation. The
Minnesota Timberwolves do not condone this type of behavior or any
actions that negatively impact our franchise."
Olowokandi is averaging 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds this season.
Timberwolves point guard Sam Cassell said the situation would
not distract the team.
"Distractions only happen on the court," Cassell said.
"Michael's a human being. We support him. Let's not jump on him.
Let's get all the facts first."
Stack alluded to the Pacers' brawl with Detroit fans last week
in chastising Olowokandi. Ron Artest was suspended for the season,
Stephen Jackson for 30 games and Jermaine O'Neal for 25 games for
fighting with Pistons fans who threw drinks, popcorn, a chair and
other debris at them.
"The heightened sensitivity to these types of issues in the
league today make his actions even more disappointing," Stack