Originally Posted by flo
JB, I have to respectfully disagree and here's why. The fan that threw the drink on him was wrong and should have been banned from ever attending another game and prosecuted by the Indiana Pacers or the Pistons.
But I expect a professional athlete at that level to have some restraint. It's not like he got punched or kicked (which Artest did both, to the wrong guy!
). Security should have and would have taken care of the matter. Bad behavior doesn't merit or justify more bad behavior.
I think it's pivotal in our society that we strive for temperance and dignity.
Just my two cents worth.
I understand that point, but let's not forget that Artest was the one who had just gotten hit by Ben Wallace and was trying to recover when fans started throwing crap at him. Emotions were running high, and it was Wallace who was out of line in the first place, and those fans were defending him solely because he was a member of the Pistons.
There is no doubt that Artest acted unprofessionally, but in a way I can understand it. Too many fans, in all of professional sports, are complete and total morons who get totally wasted and act like jackasses or feel they have a high sense of entitlement because they bought a ticket or a jersey. Now, he may have went at the wrong guy, which is also unfortunate, but I can understand his state of mind.
Believe me, I'm not one to go out of my way to defend Ron Artest. Here is a guy who used to walk down Madison avenue from the United Center to a liquor store so he could keep a bottle of Hennessy in his locker when he played for the Chicago Bulls. However, I think it's important to note that Artest paid a much heavier price than the average person would pay. $7 million dollars is a lot of money for a simple case of assault.