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|Stephen Jackson (with yellow armband) was in the scuffle, along with Pacers teammate Fred Jones and the Pistons' Rasheed Wallace (36).|
|Ron Artest speaks to ESPN's Jim Gray|
ESPN's Jim Gray interviewed Ron Artest by phone after the Pacers returned to Indianapolis after Friday's game.
Jim Gray: What happened that led up to this [brawl]?
Ron Artest: I thought it was an OK foul. The refs told me it wasn't a technical and it wasn't a flagrant. I think [Ben] Wallace's reaction was too much. I don't mind him pushing me. But he also caught me in my nose. I'm not sure what will happen regarding that ... I was lying on the table when Wallace threw a towel at me. I got up and then was lying down again when I got hit with a liquid, ice and glass container on my chest and on my face. After that it was self defense.
JG: Did anyone from security or police talk to you?
RA: They came in to ask me if I needed [medical] help. I just thanked them to help me get out of the building. ... I can't say anything else on the advice of [Pacers CEO/president Donnie Walsh].
|“||Just think about what it takes for NBA players to go into a crowd. Sometimes fans get kind of out of hand, but it must have taken a lot for NBA players to go into a crowd and start a fight. ”|
|— Lakers forward Lamar Odom|