The majority of the NBA fans when they think about a brawl they will remember the “Malice at the Palace”. Still to this day, it remains as one of the most infamous incidents on the NBA hardwood.
The event happened on November 19th back in 2004 and apart from numerous NBA players getting in an altercation with themselves or the fans, it also featured one future NBA player who was that day in attendance.
Phoenix Suns forward Josh Jackson is born and bred in Detroit and was fortunate enough to attend a game that would get numerous players ejected, fined and ultimately suspended for the majority of the season like Stephen Jackson, Ron Artest and Ben Wallace.
He was 8 years old when he went to that game and he still remembers it because of a very interesting reason. He told Marc Spears of the Undefeated the following about the whole incident.
“I was 8 years old. I was kind of sitting right at midcourt about 20 rows up. I remember seeing so many people everywhere fighting. I remember [then-Indiana Pacers forward] Jermaine O’Neal getting hit with a chair. That was one of my most vivid memories. I remember Ron Artest laying on the scorer’s table and someone throwing a drink on him.
I was looking around and everyone was throwing something onto the court. I am not going to lie. I threw a water bottle. Why? It’s my home team. I’m a Pistons fan. What? The Pacers came in here throwing punches on my favorite players. I couldn’t have that. But that is neither here nor there.”
It wasn’t long after the game when Jackson realized how important and impactful the event he just witnessed actually was on the whole NBA community and especially the players involved in the incident
“I didn’t know what to think or what to do. My parents were protecting me, standing over me. There was nothing we could really do. I wasn’t scared. I didn’t feel like anyone was going to attack me.
We didn’t leave until after Jermaine O’Neal was hit with the chair. Things were pretty calm after that. They got it under control. At the time, I didn’t realize how big of a deal it was. A few days later, I saw the suspension and how much everybody got fined. That was when I was like, ‘This is crazy.’