November 19th, 2004 – the day the NBA took a black eye, both literally and figuratively. You all recall it, I’m sure.
During the fourth quarter with less than a minute remaining in the game, a fight broke out on the court between the Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers. The tussle was calmed and both teams were returning to their respective benches when all of a sudden a bottle struck the eccentric Ron Artest (now Metta World Peace) as he laid on the scorers table. Moments later all hell broke loose as Artest rushed the stands, but seemingly always overlooked is then teammate Stephen Jackson doing the same.
The thirteen year NBA veteran quickly followed Artest and while Ron-Ron went after a fan (who didn’t even actually throw the beer), Jackson absolutely haymakered another fan who did throw beer at Ron, sending him to the ground, where Jackson fell on top of him and continued to beat him down.
Need a refresher? No worries, Stephen Jackson along with Dan Le Batard and Bomanie Jones have you covered.
Speaking on Le Betard’s show, Jackson recalled that eventful evening, telling stories of how Artest never thanked him and how he says hitting that fan felt good.
David Stern must be thrilled.
Click to the 3:45 mark in this hilarious interview: