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Originally published July 24, 2007 at 12:00 AM | Page modified July 24, 2007 at 2:03 AM

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Melee mars B-Roy's B-day bash

One man was arrested during a melee outside a downtown club that marred NBA player Brandon Roy's birthday party. Several other NBA players...

One man was arrested during a melee outside a downtown club that marred NBA player Brandon Roy's birthday party.

Several other NBA players were at the party at Level 5 on Fifth Avenue North early Saturday, including Will Conroy, a former teammate of Roy's at Washington and Garfield High School, Chris Wilcox of the Sonics and Jason Terry, a former Franklin High School star now with the Dallas Mavericks.

Roy, the NBA Rookie of the Year last season for the Portland Trail Blazers, turned 23 Monday, but celebrated with a party Friday night, according to Conroy.

Conroy, a guard for the Los Angeles Clippers, said the NBA players weren't involved in the altercation, which police said involved more than 100 people and spilled onto the street outside the club.

"We were nowhere close to that," Conroy said. "I didn't even know what took place. It wasn't us. We don't get in the middle of that stuff."

Two members of the Seattle Police Department gang unit were monitoring the crowd outside Level 5, at 332 Fifth Ave. N., at 1:56 a.m. Saturday when they spotted a man with a gun.

Sgt. Jim Dyment said the man walked away from the crowd to a parking lot adjacent to the club. Police identified themselves when the man climbed into a sport-utility vehicle. The man then tossed the weapon out the window, a police report said.

The man, a 23-year-old Seattle resident who is not an NBA player, was arrested.

The man told police that he had gotten into a fight with a second man inside the club and the second man pulled a gun. The first man said he got the gun away and later threw it out the window.

Seattle Times staff reporters Bob Condotta and Jennifer Sullivan contributed to this report.

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