Saturday, December 4, 2004
David Wallace has denied involvement
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Police identified Indiana Pacers guard Fred Jones and a brother of Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace as being involved in a basketball brawl last month, a newspaper reported Saturday.
Videotape of the brawl shows David Wallace, 33, of Selma, Ala., in the midst of the melee at The Palace in Auburn Hills on Nov. 19, the Detroit Free Press reported, citing an unidentified source
close to the police investigation.
Police Lt. James Manning told the paper it was clear from
looking at the videotape that Jones was also involved.
Ben Wallace, who rejoined the Pistons on Friday in San Antonio after a six-game suspension for shoving and throwing a wristband at Indiana forward Ron Artest, said he was unaware that his brother had been identified by police.
A woman who answered the phone at David Wallace's home Saturday said he would have no comment. Last month, he denied being involved
in the altercation.
The fight among spectators and players broke after an on-court dispute over a foul. A fan hurled a drink at Artest, who then
charged into the stands, and other Pacers players and fans joined
the melee. Several people, including a police officer, were hit
with a chair.
Police said Monday they identified the man who threw the chair but have not released his name. Prosecutors said he could be
charged with felony assault.
The Free Press said police have identified eight players and
fans who prosecutors could charge in the case.
Manning said players who could be charged include Artest,
Jermaine O'Neal, Stephen Jackson and David Harrison, all Pacers.
"It's a legal matter, and we have no comment," Pacers
spokesman Jeff McCoy said Saturday.
NBA spokesman Brian McIntyre did not immediately respond to a call seeking comment Saturday.