It was one of the worst events in modern sports history that shook the landscape of the NBA for years.
During a game between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills, tempers started to flair between the two teams with under a minute remaining in a game that Indiana had run away with. After Pistons center Ben Wallace was fouled hard by the Pacers’ Ron Artest, Wallace decided to shove and chase Artest towards the sideline.
It led to a pushing match between the teams that almost lead to blows between the teams.
It seemed as though cooler heads were going to finally prevail after a few moments of players challenging each other.
Unfortunately, all hell then broke loose after a fan decided to throw a cup at Artest, who was just laying down on the scorer’s table. It’s better for you to just see what happened, rather than try and explain everything that occurred during the Malice at the Palace.
The day after the fight, the NBA suspended Artest, Wallace, Stephen Jackson and Jermain O’Neal. Artest was the only one to be suspended for the remainder of the NBA season. Jackson was out for 30 games, O’Neal for 15 and Wallace six.
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