Nospam 2012-03-06 15:18:42
This splib is just pure stupid, even for a splib. He gets hit with a
cup of suds, runs into the stands ….. and nails the wrong guy.
There’s no excuse
by Dan Wetzel, Yahoo! Sports
November 19, 2004
When you take a long, emotionless look at it which is what first
David Stern and later a Michigan court surely will do the fault for
the wildness that erupted at the end of the Indiana Pacers’ victory at
the Detroit Pistons on Friday will land at the feet of one guy, Ron
The Indiana forward made a serious and intolerable (no matter how
understandable) mistake when his reaction to getting hit with a cup of
beer was to hunt down the perpetrator.
Enraged, he climbed over press row, jumped the hockey boards and
proceeded to attack a spectator in the stands. A near-riot broke out
It is an act that no athlete should ever, ever engage in, no matter
how much a fan may deserve it.
To make matters worse in this case, no camera angle or eyewitness
account I am aware of suggests that the fan Artest got a hold of the
guy in the black shirt threw the beer.
That guy seems way too far away to even make the throw. ESPN’s Jim
Gray reported it was the fan with the white hat, which seems plausible
since he later punched Artest from behind. And if you watch closely,
the moment Artest grabs the guy in the black shirt, it is clear the
fan is holding his drink in his left hand.
This looks like an innocent bystander.
Which is why David Stern has two choices. He either turns a deaf ear
to all of the hysterical apologists out there and slaps Artest with a
historic suspension or says that when players are confronted by one
out-of-control fan they have the right to charge into the stands and
beat the h*** out of the first guy they see.
Know this: When the video is played in the calm of a courtroom, Artest
had better hope the guy in the black shirt was double fisting or he is
Teammate Stephen Jackson won’t fare much better. After the black
shirt’s friend understandably threw a drink at Artest in an effort to
stop the attack, the eager-to-fight Jackson raced over to throw a
sucker punch that his career and bank account are likely to regret.
On a side note, Jermaine O’Neal can thank his lucky stars that his
front leg slipped on the wet floor when he later threw that running
haymaker at the clueless fat guy in the Pistons shirt who had gotten
into it with Artest. Watch that punch again on the video. If O’Neal’s
left leg plants and he gets full force behind the punch, that fan gets
hit harder than Rudy T.
The entire episode made for impossible-to-ignore video and will keep
the chattering class going just as the Terrell Owens-“Desperate
Housewives” debate was playing out.
But in the end this has to go back to Artest’s reaction. Not to excuse
the original beer-throwing hooligan (here is hoping he’s arrested),
but nutcase fans are nothing new. Artest isn’t the first athlete to
get hit by a beer.
None of the real craziness happens if Artest doesn’t blow his stack.
Everything dies down if Artest doesn’t break the cardinal rule of
athlete/fan interaction no touching. This is nothing more than a
satisfying victory for the Pacers if Artest acts like a professional.
NBA player is one of many jobs in which restraint is a prerequisite.
Police officers deal with it on a nightly basis. Ditto for bartenders,
bouncers, soldiers and so on.
The public occasionally may be drunken, pathetic idiots who lash out
full of the courage that comes from the crowd. Getting hit with a beer
may not be fun. But sadly that is one of the tradeoffs of the job.
When a fan crosses the line, you leave it up to security, you press
charges, you turn the other cheek. No matter how tough that is.
You never, ever go into the stands to attack a fan. Ever.
Because you might punch an innocent person, incite a riot, break the
law, get sued and give your sport as black of an eye as it’s seen.
If David Stern doesn’t want to teach Ron Artest that lesson, the legal
system almost assuredly will.
Dave & janelle 2012-03-06 15:18:45
None of it happens if Ben Wallace doesn’t blow his stack.
Ron 2012-03-16 02:02:53
Except that over-the-line retaliations (like Wallace’s) happen all the
time. A couple of times a month.
And yet, up until now, they’ve never resulted in this kind of riot.
Wallace deserves a suspension. If it’s a tenth of the suspension that
Artest gets, Artest is getting off too lightly.
Archie leach 2012-03-25 03:54:21
On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 06:57:29 -0700, “Dave & Janelle”
Blaming Ben Wallace for Ron Artest’s inablilty to control himself is
copyright ARCHIE LEACH
“On Wordscreens of the World”