Wednesday, November 24, 2004

Basketbrawl Wrapup

Last comments on the Pacers/Pistons situation, I promise. Unless someone else does something incredibly stupid and I feel the urge to comment.

A Pistons fan who was injured by a thrown chair is suing the Pacers organization for his injuries. Umm, sir, it was a Pistons fan who threw the chair (at O'Neil's head nonetheless) during a Pistons game in a Pistons arena where either the arena or the Pistons organizations failed to provide adequate security and failed to secure the chairs in a Post-Bobby Knight era which proved that chair throwing was possible. I believe you're looking to the wrong organization for money. Unless of course you factor in that you have to sue in a Michigan court and you're more likely to get a jury to hold an Indiana organization responsible than a Michigan one. But there I go being cynical of the legal system again.

As far as Artest goes, I wish he was biding by some sort of "no comment" philosophy. Every time he opens his mouth he says something stupid. For the record, I was one of the people who thought the Pacers should have traded him back in his first season. But they never listen to me.

And finally, the fan who threw the beer that started the whole thing was on Larry King last night. I didn't see the whole interview, just clips of it on the news. At one point he said that once Artest was in the stands, he (the fan) was simply trying to help Artest get back out before he got injured. Hmm, is that why the fan was throwing sucker punches at him from behind? Then he said that he wants Artest back in this season or the game won't be the same. Perhaps he's saying such nice things because its his 15 minutes of fame and he's aware of the legal consequences lingering over his head.