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    Saturday, March 26, 2005
    Bomb threat delays start of Pistons game


    By Chris McCosky / The Detroit News


    AUBURN HILLS - Another Pistons-Pacers game at The Palace, another bizarre occurrence.

    It wasn't a brawl that prematurely ended the game, like on Nov. 19. This time, it was at least one and maybe two phoned-in bomb threats that delayed the start for 85 minutes.


    According to Auburn Hills chief of police Doreen E. Olko, The Palace switchboard took a call from an unknown person at 7:19 p.m., 51 minutes before the scheduled tip-off. The caller said there was a bomb inside the Pacers locker room.

    Pacers coach Rick Carlisle told reporters that there were actually two calls from the same person, one earlier in the day and the other at 7:19 p.m.

    Either way, it set off a chaotic series of events, including the Pacers filing back onto their team bus three separate times, driving to a far corner of the parking lot and threatening not to play the game.

    "It was very disturbing to have your lives threatened," the Pacers' Reggie Miller said. "This is just a basketball game. We were pretty much split down the middle with guys who wanted to play and guys who didn't."

    Whether the Pacers wanted to play or not became moot after the team got word from the league office ordering them to get off the bus and play the game.

    "We never believed the building was unsafe," Olko said. "But we had to make sure that everyone involved had reached a comfort level before we could allow the game to start."

    As part of their normal security measures, the Auburn Hills police had swept through the Pacers locker room and the entire arena with a bomb-sniffing dog on Friday morning.

    They did it again in the afternoon, and had security posted outside the locker room the entire day. Then, after receiving the threat, they brought the dog back in for a third sweep.

    "We were completely confident that the Pacers locker room and the entire building were safe," Olko said. "If not, we wouldn't be here."

    That wasn't good enough for Miller.

    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

    The security wasn't lax at all. Every precaution was taken before the game and after the bogus threat was received.

    "We always get the brunt of it as players," Miller said. "David Stern (NBA commissioner) has to take a hard look in the mirror every morning when he wakes up over the decision he made and the way he's punished us and (not) the Pistons."

    The sellout crowd was told only that there was a delay. Meanwhile, they were treated to the Michigan State-Duke basketball game on the overhead scoreboard.

    Olko said the police would continue the investigation to determine the identity of the caller.

    "This is a serious matter," she said. "We will investigate this matter to the fullest. We are talking about an arena full of people. It's a very, very serious crime."

    The Pistons, who were pummeled by the Pacers in the game, 94-81, weren't thrilled about the delay.

    "I was hoping they would change the game to another day," said Tayshaun Prince. "I was getting tired just waiting around."

    Most of the crowd had filed out long before the game ended at 11:55 p.m. A fight did break out in a lower bowl section well behind the Pacers bench. Security was on it in a hurry and one man was escorted out of the building.

    "Let's hurry up and get out of here before they blame that one on us, too," Pacers forward Stephen Jackson said.


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    Pretty much confirms what was heard before and shows the players feelings. That is completely irresponsible by the NBA to order them to go out there if the Pacers felt their lives could be in danger.

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    Man, that's beautiful.

    The man who's about to break West's scoring record tells it like it is. The Pacers were punished but not the Pistons. Nobody's been willing to come out and say it.

    Go Reggie.

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    Go Reggie!!
    "It's just unfortunate that we've been penalized so much this year and nothing has happened to the Pistons, the Palace or the city of Detroit," he said. "It's almost like it's always our fault. The league knows it. They should be ashamed of themselves to let the security be as lax as it is around here."

    ----------------- Reggie Miller

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    *edit*

    very late, read it wrong.

    Thought it said The Pistons, who pummeled the Pacers..

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    Detroit writer trying to deflect the image this incident creates. IT could be seen as another black mark againt the Detroit franchise or they can deflect it to that EVIL Reggie Miller who beyatch's so much he has to be ordered by the league to play. Divert the readers attention away from the real issue here. Another Piston fan being an Arse by threatening the Pacers.
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    Good quotes by both Reggie and Jack. What a ****ty town.
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    Detroit writer trying to deflect the image this incident creates. IT could be seen as another black mark againt the Detroit franchise or they can deflect it to that EVIL Reggie Miller who beyatch's so much he has to be ordered by the league to play. Divert the readers attention away from the real issue here. Another Piston fan being an Arse by threatening the Pacers.


    Why does it have to be a Piston fan? It could have been a Pacer fan. They are much more bitter than Piston fans. I can see it now. Call in a bomb threat, make Detroit look bad. The more I think of it, I don't think it was a Piston fan at all.

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    Why would a Pacer fan call in the bomb threat on the Pacers? Some fan. And why did this type of stuff not happen in the 2 previous games in Indiana? Weird coincidence.
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    Why does it have to be a Piston fan? It could have been a Pacer fan. They are much more bitter than Piston fans. I can see it now. Call in a bomb threat, make Detroit look bad. The more I think of it, I don't think it was a Piston fan at all.
    Detroit does not need any help to look bad - they have perfected it over the years on their own.

    I was very happy to hear the quotes from Reggie - David Stern deserves to be called out for his trollish (insert your favorite short joke or Napolean reference here) nature.
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    Why does it have to be a Piston fan? It could have been a Pacer fan. They are much more bitter than Piston fans. I can see it now. Call in a bomb threat, make Detroit look bad. The more I think of it, I don't think it was a Piston fan at all.

    Give me a break. The Pacers and their fans want to put this incident and season behind us and move on. We don't need to make Detroit look bad, unfortunatly a small minority of Piston fans did that on 11/19. This whole situation just hurts the Pacers, who still have to play tonight in Chicago after getting out of Detroit 90 minutes later than they should have. To say this was a Pacer fan that did this is just crazy IMO. I feel bad for the Pacers for what has happened this seson, but, I also feel bad for the majority of Piston fans who have a black eye for the actions of a few.

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    Why would a Pacer fan call in the bomb threat on the Pacers? Some fan. And why did this type of stuff not happen in the 2 previous games in Indiana? Weird coincidence.
    Why would a Detroit Piston Fan call in a bomb threat and make the city of Detroit look bad. Maybe this is all a diabolical plot to make the Piston Organization look bad from some way too angry Pacer fan.

    I don't really think that, but I also don't think this person was a Piston Fan.

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    Maybe because the city of Detroit already looks bad...I think the stats are #2 Crime Rate, #1 STD, #1 Fattest City. Plus you have the Lions and Tigers.
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    What is up with Wallace(Ben) going almost postal (again), with the game basically over(again)? As before no one wants to look at Detroit, the players
    and fans, for their actions. The evidence speaks for itself and was out
    there for everyone to see(again).


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    Perhaps it was one of the handful of great Detroit fans that got banned from the Palace

    It should not take long to round all 3 of them up and question them
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    Why would a Detroit Piston Fan call in a bomb threat and make the city of Detroit look bad. Maybe this is all a diabolical plot to make the Piston Organization look bad from some way too angry Pacer fan.

    I don't really think that, but I also don't think this person was a Piston Fan.
    Next thing you will say is that the fan that threw the cup wasn't a Detroit fan

    UNBELIEVABLE

    Poor city of Detroit is the victim here, I mean they have been penalized soo much by the actions of a few people. Err.. wait a second

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    I watched ESPNews after the game and they made it seem like Ben Wallace just got shot with a blatant elbow to the face or something. That elbow was hardly an elbow, Wallace was all over him and he was just clearing him off. I still can't believe we got the technical and not Wallace.
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    Perhaps it was one of the handful of great Detroit fans that got banned from the Palace

    It should not take long to round all 3 of them up and question them
    Perhaps it was that guy Sassan. He seems shifty.

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    Next thing you will say is that the fan that threw the cup wasn't a Detroit fan

    UNBELIEVABLE

    Poor city of Detroit is the victim here, I mean they have been penalized soo much by the actions of a few people. Err.. wait a second

    What punishment do you suggest for the city of Detroit? That is a good idea. Punish the whole city.

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    What punishment do you suggest for the city of Detroit? That is a good idea. Punish the whole city.
    Pistons fans just don't get it - by suspending Artest and not letting him back even for the playoffs is basically blowing up our season and taking away what could still be a special run - Napolean punished the entire city of Indianapolis.
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    Pistons fans just don't get it - by suspending Artest and not letting him back even for the playoffs is basically blowing up our season and taking away what could still be a special run - Napolean punished the entire city of Indianapolis.
    I get it. Trust me, I get it. You guys whine about it constantly. Let go of the hate. It is bad for your health.

    The world is unfair sometimes. It is not very nice of you to want me to suffer just because your are, or because of some random people at a basketball game. I, like you, was watching the game on my television at home. I was not throwing drinks. I've been to many games, and never had the desire to throw something or fight a Pacer fan.

    I know misery loves company, but you should be a bigger person than that.

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    I'm really glad that the organization, owners, players, etc. are stepping up and telling it how it is. Like the Simons said, they tried to play ball with Stern and got burnt, so to hell with 'im. I hope we continue to hammer the little prick in the press.

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    What punishment do you suggest for the city of Detroit? That is a good idea. Punish the whole city.
    As I see it..

    1. Ben responded incorrectly about a good hard foul
    2. Ben threw a arm band at Ron signaling that it's OK to start throwing items
    3. Detroit fan (Possibly a Pacer fan in disguise ) throws cup of beer
    4. Ron responded incorrectly by entering the stands
    5. SJax responded incorrectly by entering the stands
    6. Detroit fans responded incorrectly by throwing everything, including a chair

    That makes it Detroit 4-2 in the repsonded incorrectly area

    Punishment:
    Indiana: SJax - 30 Games; JO - 25 Games (reduced to 15); Ron - Rest of season
    Detroit: Ben - 6 Games

    Let see, effectively the Indiana punishment has ruined our season and therefore punished the entire city of Indianapolis.

    Detroit got the equivelent of a slap on the wrist for the participation in this event. Now, Detroit media scrutinize the Pacers for not wanting to play last night when there was a bomb threat in their locker room.

    Detroit = classless

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    "We always get the brunt of it as players," Miller said. "David Stern (NBA commissioner) has to take a hard look in the mirror every morning when he wakes up over the decision he made and the way he's punished us and (not) the Pistons."

    That's all we need to do, **** off Stern even more. I mean I'm glad he said it, it had to be said. But man, do we really want Stern even more angry at us?

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    I get it. Trust me, I get it. You guys whine about it constantly. Let go of the hate. It is bad for your health.

    The world is unfair sometimes. It is not very nice of you to want me to suffer just because your are, or because of some random people at a basketball game. I, like you, was watching the game on my television at home. I was not throwing drinks. I've been to many games, and never had the desire to throw something or fight a Pacer fan.

    I know misery loves company, but you should be a bigger person than that.
    Big man of you to say that when you are on the other end. I would wonder how your reaction would be if you were sitting where we are

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    As I see it..

    1. Ben responded incorrectly about a good hard foul
    2. Ben threw a arm band at Ron signaling that it's OK to start throwing items
    3. Detroit fan (Possibly a Pacer fan in disguise ) throws cup of beer
    4. Ron responded incorrectly by entering the stands
    5. SJax responded incorrectly by entering the stands
    6. Detroit fans responded incorrectly by throwing everything, including a chair

    That makes it Detroit 4-2 in the repsonded incorrectly area

    Punishment:
    Indiana: SJax - 30 Games; JO - 25 Games (reduced to 15); Ron - Rest of season
    Detroit: Ben - 6 Games

    Let see, effectively the Indiana punishment has ruined our season and therefore punished the entire city of Indianapolis.

    Detroit got the equivelent of a slap on the wrist for the participation in this event. Now, Detroit media scrutinize the Pacers for not wanting to play last night when there was a bomb threat in their locker room.

    Detroit = classless
    Very unoriginal post. Those stats about the brawl have been posted 10,000 times in every pacer or piston forum on the net. You all seem to want to punish the city.

    I don't think every Indianapolis resident is a whiney little girl because somebody in a Pacer forum is whining.

    Here is a good idea for every fan that threw something, Darko can sit on the bench all game. Is that fair?

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