Five Years Ago Today: The Malice at the Palace

Posted on November 19, 2009. Filed under: Sports | Tags: , , , |

Five years ago today, on November 19, 2004, an altercation occured in a game between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers that has gone down in NBA history simply as the “The Malice at the Palace”.

Fighting began on the court and then extended into the stands after a plastic cup with soda was thrown at then-Pacer player Ron Artest. Chaos ensued and the brawl led to nine players being suspended without pay for a total of 146 games, costing them $10 million in lost salaries. Five players were also charged with assault & eventually sentenced to a year on probation and community service. Five fans were also legally charged, and John Green, the man who threw the cup at Artest, received a lifetime ban from attending Pistons games.

David Stern After The Piston Pacer Brawl Press Conference


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