SportsNation: Fans to blame, but Artest overreacted

Updated: November 22, 2004, 2:24 PM ET
ESPN.com SportsNation

How did we get here?

In a span of mere minutes, the dynamic of professional sports in American culture seemed to have changed. The images of players battling fans in the stands at the Palace of Auburn Hills, fans battling players on the court and children in tears will not soon be forgotten. And while Friday's brawl in Detroit may be example of a long-simmering pot finally reaching a rolling boil, its suddenness and ferocity still shocked fans nationwide. But after a weekend to ...

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