Artest had a history of odd behavior, but many suggest the brawl in Detroit had as much to do with building societal tension between athletes and fans as with one man's short fuse. What do you think of pro athletes? What do you think of your fellow fans? Are we all to blame for this sorry state of affairs?
David Stern meted out a heavy dose of justice on Sunday, suspending Ron Artest for the remainder of the season and Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal for lengthy periods. But are Stern's actions, in response to Friday night's brawl at the Palace of Auburn Hills, akin to putting a band-aid on a severed limb?