I may be slightly biased as I am from Detroit, but I think 6 games is ok for Wallace. Â He did something that people have seen before, though wrong, and didn't jump in to the stands and start beating people. Â Artest got what he deserved. Â There is no reason for someone to throw anything at him, but he shouldn't have jumped up in to the stands. Â He could have easily called over security. Â By the way, his eyes were closed when he was on the table, and he was facing up at the ceiling, so there is no way he could have seen exactly who threw the cup. Â If you look at the guy he attacked, and he did, putting the guy in a headlock and almost smashing his head into the seats, he was the scrawniest guy in that section, complete with glasses. Â The other assholes that jumped up there to "protect their teammate" and who were really swinging should've gotten more games of suspension. The fans who went on to the court need to be stripped of their season tickets and prosecuted. Â There is no reason to be on the court at anytime, that is not part of the admission price. Â The one's in the stands, especially those who were not involved in the throwing of the cup but still got beat on may have the ability to serve a law suit. Â Talk to the lawyers, I'm definatly not one. Above all, EVERYONE involved, players and fans, need to remember that its a profesional setting. Â Its no longer playground ball where you settle things with your fists and the crowd can do whatever they please. Â People could have been severly hurt by this. Â As for the owners to get fined for not clearing the court fast enough, nothing like this has really ever happened, so there was no way of knowing how out of control things could get. Â As for firing pepper spray, it is a very enclosed space packed with many people. Â Let's remember that girl who was killed in Boston after the Sox won and they shot pepper spray rounds into the tightly packed crowd. Finally, and I know no one here has said anything yet, but the Pistons play at the Palace of Auburn Hills, which is 50 miles or more outside of the city of Detroit. Â A majority of fans there come from the surrounding areas- wealthy suburbs. Â The city of Detroit does not deserve a black eye for this, but rather the Pacers and the fans. *edit* since Brian SD posted while i was writting I couldn't respond. I think the inverse is true as well. If I was in the stands minding my own business and watching the game and players jumped into the stands and started beating people around me, I'd damn sure be knocking those guys out, if only to protect myself.
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11/22/04 at 5:44pm