Your Sports Fact of the week:
On November 19, 2004, the “Malice at the Palace” took place. A brawl between the visiting Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons. The two teams had faced off against each other at the end of the prior season in the Eastern Conference finals. From there, the Pistons would go on to beat the Lakers for the 2004 NBA title.
During the confusion, Artest, being the clown he was at the time, laid down on the scorer’s table. Wallace, who threw a towel at Artest, and then a fan got involved by throwing a cup of soda on Artest.
From that point, it was ON. Artest ran into the stands. So did more of teammates. Stephen Jackson – probably the most “about that life NBAer on recent record – Jermaine O’Neal, Fred Jones were all involved in the brawl that saw players and fans slugging it out on TV.
The end result, nine players suspended for a total of 146 games, $11 million in salary being lost by the players. Five players were also charged with assault, but eventually sentenced to a year of probation and community service. Five fans were also charged and banned from attending Pistons home games for life.
It also caused the NBA to rethink its security measures and limit the sale of alcohol towards the end of games. Today on Twitter, Metta World Peace said that was the worst day of his life.
10 years ago was the worst day in my life. Glad to be moved on and working towards stronger black families in our communities!! Love YAl
— mettaworldpeace.com (@MettaWorldPeace) November 19, 2014
Where were you when the “Malice at the Palace” broke out.