If you haven't heard, one of the wildest altercations in sports history happened Friday night.
It started with only 45 seconds left in the Pistons-Pacers game. Ron Artest fouls Ben Wallace as Wallace was driving to the lane. Wallace takes exception to that and shoves the hell out of Artest.
Players and officials immediately start breaking it up before it becomes a full blown fight. Artest, to his credit, actually backs up and doesn't try to fight. In fact, Artest - the NBA's wild child that snaps like a power keg - lays down on the scoring table, which was hilarious.
But nobody could have imagined what was to happen next. While lying on the table, a fan throws a cup of beer and hits Artest.
set Artest off. And before anyone could blink, Artest was in the stands trying to make that fan a part of one of the arena chairs, bashing the guy's head into one of those seats. And other guy walked in the melee and threw ANOTHER beer, and was immediately mollywhopped by Pacers forward Stephen Jackson.
The only problem is, that wasn't the guy that actually hit Artest with the beer. The one that did was the one with the cap and jersey on in the picture.
He tried along with arena security and both teams to pull Artest off of the guy, and once they had done that, cheap-shotted Artest with rabbit punches in the back of the head.
It turned into a very ugly situation, with Pacers players fighting with Pistons fans anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes. Everybody's trying to subdue Artest before he killed someone, Jackson is trying to beat everyone's asses in the building, and even Pacers big man Jermaine O'Neal came out of nowhere with a sliding overhand right on a fan who was trying to fight Artest on the court.
All in all, a great substitute for Friday Night Fights. All of these guys have potential to be wrestlers after their NBA careers are over. I'm sure Vince McMahon is drooling at the prospects (and it is quite ironic that earlier this month the Pistons came out during the introduction of their home opener each wearing a replica of Ric Flair's World Heavyweight Championship gold belt. Maybe they should have given those to the Pacers).
This is probably an all new low for the behavior of sports fans. Detroit gets absolutely no respect for what went down Friday night. And what makes it worse is that a number of them ended up getting tagged by Artest, Jackson, and O'Neal.
Suspensions? Oh you can bet on it. We might even see someone gone for the rest of the year. You can bet those four will be suspended as well a couple of others. Right now, I see Stephen Jackson being MIA for the most games, but they might get Artest worse because of Artest's past history of getting into altercations. Wallace will be suspended for about three games, and O'Neal will get a game as well.
: The NBA has indefinitely suspended Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O'Neal, and Ben Wallace
pending a further investigation into Friday night's incident.
This was the correct thing to do by the NBA. Actually, I wished they had did it a few hours after the fight. But it does show that they are on top of things and all parties involved will be found and punished.
And hopefully they find the fans behind this and have them banned from all Detroit games, as well have criminal charges filed against them.