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Imagine what any of us would do if a person showed up to our workplace, taunted us and then threw a beer in our face? How many of us would show any restraint at all?

Players are forced to endure verbal taunting all the time in sports. I once warmed up for a game at Arizona State University while two inebriated fans taunted me about the death of my father. I've had teammates endure all kinds of ugly insults, threats and barbs.

But there always has been an uneasy understanding between these idiotic fans and players that a so-called line wouldn't be crossed. Verbal assaults, ugly as they may be, were to be tolerated.Any physical acts, however, were off limits.

So when Artest was hit in the face by the cup, all bets were off. The line had been crossed, and Artest's response was understandable, if regrettable.

Imagine what any of us would do if a person showed up to our workplace, taunted us and then threw a beer in our face? How many of us would show any restraint at all?

Yes, Artest snapped, and he faces a major suspension from the NBA. So do Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal, who threw multiple punches at fans. Ben Wallace will be penalized for initiating the altercation. David Stern has to send a message to NBA players that under no circumstances will they be allowed to enter the stands to confront taunting fans, even in ugly environments like the one in Detroit on Friday night. I expect suspensions of up to 15 games for each of the three Pacers involved.

That said, I hope that each and every fan involved with the fight will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. The fans provoked the fight, not the players. They deserve major punishment. Law enforcement officials have plenty of footage that will implicate dozens of fans guilty of instigating the brawl. (Steve Kerr-Yahoo Sports)

Posted at 03:54 PM | Related posts: NBA | Comments (0)

When we buy tickets, we expect to see an exciting game. In turn, professional athletes expect support from their fans, NOT beer thrown into their faces!!

True, we expect athletes to be accountable for their actions, but we, as fans, are also accountable for our actions. When we buy tickets, we expect to see an exciting game. In turn, professional athletes expect support from their fans, NOT beer thrown into their faces!!

Gil

Harvey, IL


Ron Artest showed a lot of restraint after Ben Wallace overreacted and came after him. As an impartial fan, I feel the Detroit fans were way out of line. Emotions are already tense, you've just been assaulted by "Big Ben Wallace"... you didn't retaliate, you're trying to calm down...and someone throws a full cup of beer at you? Ridiculous. The Detroit fan got exactly what he deserved. And I'm happy that the Pacers stuck up for one another. The Piston fans were asking for it. Artest is human too. Let's remember that. And also, let's remember that most of these fans are older than these 20 something year old NBA players. Where is their restraint?
(ESPN)

Posted at 01:56 PM | Related posts: NBA | Comments (0)

The punches that Artest and O'Neal threw at fans on the court should be exempt from suspension because all bets should be off when a fan comes onto the court and goes after a player.

I believe the on-court fighting between fans and players shouldn't result in punishment for players. The punches that Artest and O'Neal threw at fans on the court should be exempt from suspension because all bets should be off when a fan comes onto the court and goes after a player. When fans go after a player and threaten him physically, they deserve what they get.

Artest will probably receive the brunt of the media condemnation from this situation because he's a lightning rod for controversy and that's not fair. It's not fair because he's not truly at fault for what happened and his responsibility will be extrapolated because of last week's controversy, which was finally starting to die down. (ESPN)

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"Last year I'd do it in the first half and it's, 'I'm sabotaging,' " he said. "I do it this season to start the game where I don't take a shot and it's, 'Wow, great leadership.' "

(Kobe) Bryant could not suppress a smile when asked about his pass-first mentality in the first half of Wednesday's victory over the Clippers.

"Last year I'd do it in the first half and it's, 'I'm sabotaging,' " he said. "I do it this season to start the game where I don't take a shot and it's, 'Wow, great leadership.' "
(L.A. Times)

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"It's an uphill battle," said Bryant, sizing things up. "But if you don't like uphill battles, you don't like life."

"It's an uphill battle," said Bryant, sizing things up. "But if you don't like uphill battles, you don't like life." (L.A. Times)

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