Comments: The wheels of NBA justice begin to turn for last night's basketbrawl

The only thing that any of those guys respond to is the Bottom Line. So, I say take it out of their hides. Fire 'em and don't pay 'em a dime. Isn't there any sort of clause in their contracts that will permit this?

And then find the jerk who threw the beer at Artest and sue him into a hole so deep his grandchildren will be broke.

Oh, and I agree with your cynical view of Stern. They need to find someone to run things who's got some moral authority. Some street creds in the proper sense.

Posted by Toby Petzold at November 20, 2004 09:31 PM

I think the whole thing was funny. From Artest napping on the scoring table, to his punching the wrong fan, to the fan that ran on the court and got hit twice. That's classic comedy - it reminded me of the movie Slapshot when the Hanson brothers were in the stands looking for the fan that threw his keys and hitting everybody but him.

Posted by Keith at November 21, 2004 12:46 AM

Personally, I don't think it's an issue of whether these are NBA players, who did what and hit who, etc, but of the mostly missed fact in this whole thing: an idiot threw a beer in the guy's face! Fan, professional, or any of that other jazz the guy deserves a smack in the face. Given, Artest was a little out of line, but this man is a professional athlete, not a superhuman. About 1/10000 people could say they honestly wouldn't try and take a swing at a guy who throws a damned beer in their face after a fight when they're trying to calm themselves down and control their anger. You may as well smack a sleeping tiger in the ass till it wakes up, and expect not to get bitten. While Artest and teammates may have been out of line, the fact of the matter is the dumbass deserved to get his face kicked in. These guys are professionals, but shouldn't be treated differently because of it. Plain and simple, they're just people, very big, muscular people, and if someone's drunk and stupid enough to instigate one of them, then you can expect them to try and beat the crap out of the guy. Later,


Posted by Nick at May 8, 2005 06:53 PM
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