(Brian SD @ 24 Nov. 2004, 1:14) ....do not take kindly to rich folk blindly making judgements about our character based on our finances (or lack thereof). I don't know where you get off thinking that poor people do not behave in as classy a fashion as rich people do. The most respectable, coolest and classiest people I have ever met are (surprise.) not rich at all.
One, I wish I could put myself in the RICH folks catagorey....2, money and class do not have to run in the same circles, however class is what is learned and attributed by rearing from the parents...the case being made, not that having money buys class, but rather that having money cannot buy class, but lifts some individuals to believe they are entitled to it...most of the players creating the havoc in sports had no class before they began playing sports, and were never taught how to present themselves with class now that they have the money, in understanding that, noone is by any imagination trying to say poor people have not got, never had, nor ever will attain a class to them, on the contrary, many less fortunate people have got more class than a lot of wealthier people I know, but they learned it from better upbring from their parents, as I said previously, not from the street...the funniest thing about the whole basket-brawl debate is the opposite stance the different aged groups in the forum take..the older obviously wiser people seem to think the punishment fit, however the younger maybe less wise people seem to think he was just protecting himself and taken advantage of...go and do the same thing he has done, and see where you end, the word most likely would begin with a J, explain why Attest has not been arrested for assault, when he clearly punched the wrong man, yet the man throwing a harmless cup, he has been arrested.
An assumption you make is that because a person has money, they are required to act a certain way, to "learn class," as you put it. My expectations of people for acceptal behavior is in no way related to the amount of money they have.
but they learned it from better upbring from their parents, as I said previously, not from the street...
You cannot assume that just because they made a violent outburst that they grew up by themself on the street. I grew up in the whitest of lillywhite suburbia, and I am still susceptible to angry outbursts (although like everyone else I'm sure, they are suppressed to the best of my ability). A guy can only take so much.
the older obviously wiser people seem to think the punishment fit, however the younger maybe less wise people seem to think he was just protecting himself and taken advantage of...
There's blanket statement #2. This is simply not the case here. I (probably the youngest member of this debate) did not once say that he didn't deserve the punishment. Who knows exactly what was going through Artest's mind at that point? I doubt after the fouling, and the fight that never really happened, he was probably having a very hard time thinking straight at all. I simply am saying that I would be extremely pissed off if I was in the same situation as Artest. I think he absolutely deserves punishment. His actions are reprehensible beyond doubt. However, I think the guy who threw the beer on him deserves a good old fashioned assbeating.