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RoboHicks
10-11-2006, 04:40 PM
Burt resident Charlie Haddad was to appear in U.S. District Court here today for the start of his civil trial stemming from a brawl at the end of an NBA game at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004.Comment (http://www.topix.net/forum/link/thread?forum=nba/indiana-pacers&artsig=91551ec8c5)

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Los Angeles
10-11-2006, 04:48 PM
Trial starts in NBA brawl case
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
DARRYL Q. TUCKER
THE SAGINAW NEWS

DETROIT -- Burt resident Charlie Haddad was to appear in U.S. District Court here today for the start of his civil trial stemming from a brawl at the end of an NBA game at the Palace of Auburn Hills in 2004.

Haddad, 23, is seeking at least $75,000 from the Indiana Pacers and two of its players, Jermaine O'Neal and Anthony Johnson.

Authorities have said the brawl was one of the worst fights among fans and players in U.S. sports history.

O'Neal and Johnson received probation on assault and battery charges for attacking Haddad during the Nov. 19 fight between Pistons fans and Pacers players.

During the melee, Alvin J. Shackelford Jr., also of Burt, walked onto the court and then-Pacer Ron Artest struck him. Television replays show a lunging O'Neal delivering a punch that leveled Haddad as he stood along the sideline.

Haddad and Shackelford both avoided jail for their roles in the brawl. They pleaded no contest to violating an ordinance that prohibits spectators from entering performance areas at the Palace and received probation.

A no contest plea means a defendant doesn't admit to committing a crime but is willing to accept punishment.

Haddad and Shackelford are 2001 Chesaning High School graduates.

NBA Commissioner David Stern suspended Artest for the rest of the 2004 season, Stephen Jackson for 30 games, O'Neal for 25 and Johnson for five. Artest now plays for the Sacramento Kings. v

Darryl Q. Tucker covers courts for The Saginaw News. You may reach him at 776-9686.

FSU-IU
10-11-2006, 04:54 PM
that will be one more item for ESPN to cover.......the timing for this could not have been better...sheesh...when it rains it pours.....