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Basketball brawl 11-22-2004 - 09:01 AM
Friday night there was a brawl in Detroit near the end of a game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons. A fan was the cause of it. There was a hard foul and some pushing between two players. Things had calmed down and this "fan" threw a cup of beer on one of the players. The player charged into the stands and punched the guy. Then other fans ran onto the floor, other punches were thrown, not a pretty sight at all.

Several players have been suspended, one for the entire season. They demonstrated behavior that was not at all "professional", but they are humans after all. They take a lot of verbal abuse from "fans" along with stuff thrown from the stands on a regular basis. Anyone can reach his or her breaking point.

What, if anything, will be the consequences to this fan? The NBA commissioner has said " . . . we must redefine the bounds of acceptable conduct for fans attending our games and resolve to permanently exclude those who overstep those bounds."

I can't help but imagine that this person has already spoken to several lawyers, and is dreaming of the huge payout he thinks he should receive, for being an idiot (and quite probably an inebriated idiot at that).

How has our society sunk to such a low level of consideration for others and become so "me" oriented, that anything is OK, that how our actions might impact others is meaningless, as long as "I" am happy?

My rambling for this morning.

gemsab said at 11-22-2004 - 03:04 PM
So true, Mary Lou! I thought the whole incident was horrendous!



solana2 said at 11-22-2004 - 03:44 PM
I have been catching up on journal entries.

Glad you joined us in journal land !

I understand completely about rules not applying to some people. I see it every day. It drives me crazy. Try driving here in Southern Calif. You will see so many people who make their own road rules !

You live in a beautiful area. I enjoy your entries already !


Sanguiness said at 11-22-2004 - 05:56 PM
Here's my theory:

There's no NHL hockey season this year - so people have turned to Basketball as the "We were at a game the other night and a fight broke out" sport.

But seriously, I believe that we may find it to be necessary in ALL professional sports to make it impossible or nearly so for fans to access the playing field. Consider how, at hockey games, there is the plexiglass wall and the net above that in order to protect fans from flying pucks. It also makes it somewhat difficult for fans to reach the arena and put hazards in the way of players.

Seems to me that we've seen instances in Baseball where it would be better if the fans couldn't get onto the field, and now Basketball has proven the same problem with accessibility. At least with Football, the players are well padded and are bigger than the average idiot that might wander on the field and do something dumb...although I think it's had its share of streakers and kissing bandits... so again, decreasing the ability to get on the field could still be a good plan.

And though I don't want to come off as a prude, because I'm not, perhaps there needs to be consideration to not serving alcohol at public events? It's not that I don't drink... I just don't see how being soused increases the enjoyment of the fast moving sports in front of a person. ??





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