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Gyron
11-24-2004, 11:09 AM
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/basketball/nba/2004-11-23-brawl-lawsuits_x.htm

Detroit Pistons fans sue Pacers over brawl at Palace
By David Runk, The Associated Press
DETROIT Two fans sued the Indiana Pacers and players Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal on Tuesday, contending they were injured in the brawl at the end of the Pistons-Pacers game.
Lawyers for John Ackerman and William Paulson filed suits in Oakland County Circuit Court in Pontiac, seeking unspecified damages.

Ackerman, a 67-year-old retired auto worker, says he was hit by O'Neal and then by a chair that a fan hurled into the crowd. His suit also names Palace Sports & Entertainment Inc., which operates the Pistons' arena.

"He was knocked unconscious by the chair," said Todd Weglarz, who along with lawyer Geoffrey Fieger represents the men. "The next thing he recalls is being helped into a wheelchair."

Police released a copy of a videotape Tuesday showing a man who investigators believe threw the chair, and they asked the public to help identify him.

Fieger, a former Democratic gubernatorial candidate, is known for representing high-profile clients such as assisted-suicide advocate Jack Kevorkian.

Paulson, 26, says he was punched by Jackson and assaulted by Artest. Weglarz said Paulson's family has had Pistons season tickets for about 25 years.

Paulson, who works in real estate, and Ackerman have been diagnosed with concussions from the brawl, Weglarz said.

The NBA suspended Artest for the season, Jackson for 30 games and O'Neal for 25.

Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek said the team and The Palace were aware of the lawsuits but declined comment. The Pacers did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment.

Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca has said the only possible felony charge in the brawl could be against the chair-thrower. He said other charges most likely would be for misdemeanor assault and battery.

Auburn Hills police Lt. James Manning said the investigation could take two to three weeks. Investigators are reviewing videotapes and interviewing witnesses. Artest and other Pacers had not been interviewed, Manning said.


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ABADays
11-24-2004, 11:16 AM
The first question I would be asking is "Were you siting in your assigned seats?" We already know the cup thrower had moved down to that area.

Alabama-Redneck
11-24-2004, 11:26 AM
The reality is Jackson did not punch Paulson. He tried but his aim was a little off and he hit him with his forearm. Artest never got to Paulson.

The funny part about Paulson is was on national TV and stated he was justing standing there, not doing anything, when he was attacked. The mild-concussion must have affected his memory and he forget about the full cup of beer he threw on Artest just before sjax got to him.

Stryder
11-24-2004, 11:30 AM
The reality is Jackson did not punch Paulson. He tried but his aim was a little off and he hit him with his forearm. Artest never got to Paulson.

The funny part about Paulson is was on national TV and stated he was justing standing there, not doing anything, when he was attacked. The mild-concussion must have affected his memory and he forget about the full cup of beer he threw on Artest just before sjax got to him.

Yup. I thought that too. A mild form of amnesia? Haha.

This guy is a tool.

FreeArtestDotCom
11-24-2004, 01:34 PM
Full court filings are available on The Smoking Gun:
http://thesmokinggun.com/archive/1123043brawl1.html
http://thesmokinggun.com/archive/1123042nba1.html