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MILWAUKEE (AP) - Philadelphia 76ers forward Charles Barkley was arrested at his hotel room Sunday morning after breaking a man's nose during a fight following a game with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Barkley, 28, was released from Milwaukee County jail shortly after 10 a.m. Sunday on a $500 cash bond, Milwaukee police said.

Barkley, who was arrested for battery, is scheduled for an appearance Tuesday morning before the district attorney, at which time the charge will be reviewed, said Capt. Joseph Purpero.

Barkley may send an attorney to represent him at the meeting, Purpero said.

Barkley allegedly broke the nose of a

25-year-old Milwaukee man when they got into a fight in a downtown parking lot at about 2:30 a.m., police said.

The man, James R. McCarthy, a student at UW-Milwaukee, also suffered cuts to his forehead, said Milwaukee Police Captain Thomas Perlewitz. McCarthy was treated and released at a Milwaukee hospital.

According to police reports, Barkley and a female friend were leaving a downtown tavern when McCarthy called out to him, "Charles, I hear you're one of the baddest dudes in the NBA."

Barkley told police McCarthy and three of McCarthy's companions then approached him and McCarthy raised his fist saying, "You're so tough on the court. Show me how tough you are."

Barkley then punched McCarthy once in the face with his left fist, police said. Two bouncers from a nearby tavern intervened and took Barkley to his companion's car, and she drove him back to his downtown hotel, police said.

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McCarthy told police he made the initial comment, but said nothing else.

Barkley was arrested at his hotel room shortly before 7 a.m., police said. The 76ers lost 110-97 to the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday night.

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"The 76ers won't be issuing a statement until we get all the facts," team spokesman Zach Hill said. "It sort of looks like a private matter between Barkley and this individual."

The maximum penalty for battery is nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine, Purpero said.

Barkley had returned to his home in suburban Philadelphia Sunday afternoon, Hill said.

The arrest was the latest in a series of incidents involving the eight-year pro.

Barkley was fined $109 by Milwaukee police in April on a charge of disorderly conduct after he threw cups of Gatorade on Bucks fans at the Bradley Center during a first-round NBA playoff game.

A month earlier, the NBA suspended Barkley for one game and fined him $10,000 for spitting on fans during a 98-95 overtime loss to the New Jersey Nets. Although Barkley's target was a heckler sitting in the court level seats, he spit on an 8-year-old girl sitting behind the man.

Last season, the league fined Barkley $39,000 for on-court incidents, including a $20,000 penalty for fighting with Bill Laimbeer of the Detroit Pistons.

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