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Chicat
12-08-2004, 06:29 PM
Or are you all as sick of it as I am?

Five Pacers, five fans charged in brawl
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Five Indiana Pacers players and five fans were charged Wednesday for fighting in the stands and on the court at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons last month.

Players Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, David Harrison and Anthony Johnson were all charged with one count of assault and battery, a misdemeanor that carries up to three months in jail and a fine of up to $500. Jermaine O'Neal, a three-time NBA All-Star, was charged with two counts of assault and battery.

All the fans were charged with misdemeanor assault and battery, including Pistons star Ben Wallace's brother, David. Bryant Jackson also was charged with felony assault for allegedly throwing a chair into the fray, Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca said. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted.

Gorcyca singled out spectator John Green, who faces two assault counts and, the prosecutor said, "in my mind single-handedly incited this whole interaction between the fans and players and probably is the one that's most culpable." Green is accused of throwing a cup at Artest, splashing him and sparking the melee.

John Ackerman and William Paulson, each facing an assault charge, also were accused of throwing cups in players' faces. In addition, two men were charged for walking onto the court at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Police said other fans could be charged, too.

James W. Burdick, Jackson's lawyer, said it was "unfair and inappropriate" to charge his client.

"The problem is this: a few crazed drunken fans who created a chaotic situation," Burdick said. "Steve responded in a way that he thought was necessary to protect himself and protect his friends."

Walter Piszczatowski, Harrison's lawyer, said: "David was acting as the peacekeeper throughout that evening. He was trying to make sure everybody was safe."

With less than a minute left in the Pacers-Pistons game Nov. 19, Artest fouled Ben Wallace on a drive to the basket. Wallace responded with a hard, two-handed shove to Artest.

That sparked an initial skirmish, and then Artest retreated to the scorer's table while calm was restored by the officials. But then Artest was hit by the cup, and he stormed into the stands, throwing punches as he climbed over seats.

Jackson joined Artest and threw punches at fans, who punched back. O'Neal hit a fan who was on the court.

Two days later, NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Artest for the rest of the season. Jackson was banned for 30 games, O'Neal for 25, and other players received shorter suspensions.

NBA deputy commissioner Russ Granik said Wednesday the league has cooperated with the police and prosecutors and does not anticipate further player discipline.

The players' union is appealing the suspensions of Artest, Jackson and O'Neal, and a grievance hearing is scheduled for Thursday in New York.

budd1e_lee
12-08-2004, 06:31 PM
no real surprises, nothing to talk about in my mind. Ive seen the damn videos wayyyyyy too many times, and Im happy that everyone involved, players and fans are being charged. Although I do hope that people realize Artest has been charged as a result of the fat man on the court, nothing that actually happened in the stands.

Chicat
12-08-2004, 06:36 PM
I figured that no one would really have much to say, since it's all been said before, but I thought I'd post it anyway.

No one is getting jail time, and those fines are going to be a joke to these guys, so it really doesn't matter anyway. I'm sure Artest will get a small fine and a few hundred hours of community service pimping his new album to underpriviledged kids in the inner city. :rolleyes:

JMarkJohns
12-08-2004, 07:14 PM
So sick of it I was going to keep on pretending it never happened ;)

Seems fair...now, Stern...get it out of here and let fans enjoy the good in the league.

Merkin
12-10-2004, 04:28 PM
KFC?

http://img55.exs.cx/img55/4634/artest_kfc2.gif

JMarkJohns
12-10-2004, 04:31 PM
You must spread some Reputation around before giving it to Merkin again.

Hey, Who you calling Chicken?

budd1e_lee
12-10-2004, 06:17 PM
I just love that guys face, especially considering he was talkin sh!t 2 seconds earlier

Officer Craig
12-10-2004, 06:26 PM
wow merkin. HILARIOUS!!!!

Staf4Wooden
12-10-2004, 06:32 PM
Is it just me or is one of the pieces of chicken neon orange?

budd1e_lee
12-10-2004, 06:39 PM
Is it just me or is one of the pieces of chicken neon orange?

hahahah I hadnt even noticed the chicken, thats freakin hilarious

Merkin
12-10-2004, 06:40 PM
I just love that guys face, especially considering he was talkin sh!t 2 seconds earlier

I gotta say, if I see a world class athlete coming at me to kick my ass I'd be cleaning the sh1t out of my pants afterwards. Those are not golfers or bowlers on the court out there.

budd1e_lee
12-10-2004, 06:42 PM
I gotta say, if I see a world class athlete coming at me to kick my ass I'd be cleaning the sh1t out of my pants afterwards. Those are not golfers or bowlers on the court out there.

oh there is no question I would have messed myself, but there is no way Im talkin sh!t to the guy either, thats a death wish