Answer: I see this question just won't go away. I get asked this question more than I get asked about Jonathan Bender's future. As much as Pacer fans would like to think I was irresponsible in reporting the story, I would have to say any professional journalist would have reported what Artest said. If I wouldn't have reported it, Artest would have said it to somebody else. So once again, I was doing my job. And no, the Pacers didn't put me up for this story. They're tired of the negative publicity surrounding Artest. Donnie Walsh was surprised at what Artest said when I told him about it BEFORE I wrote the story.
.. i can tell he gets asked that 10 times each day..