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Personally I actually like Artest so i’ll get that out of the way first but when he went into the stands it was not because some guy yelled names at him, a kid held up a sign saying he “sucked” or some women berated him as he took foul shots and he got angry…….he was hit with not a plastic cup but a plastic cup thrown from several rows up filled with beer that exploded like a grenade direct hit in battleship. What could you possibly be thinking when you decide it’s a good idea to do that to a 6’8″ 240lb brick wall of a man that plays professional sports? Aside from the sheer stupidity, where do you get off thinking that’s cool? or even think that’s not disgusting to do to another person that you just paid to go see?
As you hear athletes say all the time, “just because people buy a ticket to a game they think they can do or say anything they want to us and i think some of them really go too far” Well if some of the words go too far then how about being assaulted? Think about this, I honestly don’t know what i’d do in the same situation, blood pumping, adrenaline going obviously, not only engaged in a intense basketball game but having just gotten into a semi-fight with the other team. I want to think i’d look up and see the scumbag that threw it laughing with his friends and only “let him know what I think of him” until security brings him into his home for the night….the drunk tank most likely but maybe jail if they take it seriously.
Yes I know the city was hurt and not nearly even close to everyone in the city did something to warrant being affected. The entire organization was hurt and I know not all of them warranted that shame. But it’s a two way street guys, the guy has tried to move past this and has done some really good things before and after this mistake in his life. Let’s at least give him the chance to get beyond it.
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