Grantland published a comprehensive oral history of the so-called Malice In The Palace brawl today.The best moment comes after the melee, when Ron Artest asks his teammate Stephen Jackson, “Jack, you think we going to get in trouble?”
They did indeed get in trouble for taking part in the ugliest brawl in NBA history.
Artest was suspended for the remainder of the season (86 total games), Jackson was suspended for 30 games, and both were charged with misdemeanour assault.
Quick refresher: Artest incited a wild melee after a fan threw a beer at him at the end of a Pacers-Pistons game in Detroit in 2004. Indiana players and coaches were fighting fans, and the incident left a bunch of people injured and bloodied.
The quote can be read a few ways:
- It displays an utter lack of self-awareness that probably explains how the brawl happened in the first place.
- It shows that the players legitimately saw the brawl as an act of self-defence against an angry mob of fans. They never expected to be vilified and punished as if they were the ones who started it.
- It shows that Ron Artest deploys a hilarious brand a dry humour that often goes undetected.
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