Saturday, November 20, 2004

Riot in Detroit

If there were any doubts about the character of certain NBA athletes, they should now be laid to rest.

The Pistons/Pacers game yesterday, which ended prematurely due to violence breaking out, was a travesty. Player against player and player against fan, fists flying, objects being thrown... this is not what sports should be about.

Good sportsmanship is not separate from sportsmanship. Athletes are not exempt from the decencies of proper human behavior, and neither are their fans. I trust that fines and expulsions will follow, and rightly so - this kind of behavior is unacceptable, and impressionable young viewers (and older viewers, as well) need to see that this will not be tolerated.

More on this to come, I imagine. (And weren't we just talking about this a few weeks ago?)


Anonymous said...

As a result Indiana's Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson, and Detroit's Ben Wallace were suspended indefinitely by the NBA on Saturday for taking part in one of the ugliest brawls in U.S. sports history.

Anonymous said...

Just another example of how no one is in touch with reality anymore -- players and fans (at least until the fans felt those big fists crashing into their faces). We'll probably see alcohol sales stop by the start of the 4th quarter (good), Artest get suspended for the season; Jackson suspended for 25 games; Wallace suspended for 5 games.