In the recent documentary “Quiet Storm: The Ron Artest Story”, which is focused around the infamous brawl “Malice at the Palace”, various sides that were involved in this event shared more details about what happened behind the scenes during that game. The documentary among many other things explains how the incident actually started and it involves a fan who threw the cup at Ron Artest, which fired up a series of bad events that game.
The fan who was attending the game and threw a soda cup on Artest said he didn’t think his action would set off a brawl between the two teams and also the fans as well. In his mind, he didn’t even think he would be able to hit Artest with a cup from the stands, but unfortunately, he did.
“I was sitting there and talking with my buddy and I was drinking a diet Coke with ice in it, and I said I can hit him from right here with this cup. I just launched it underhand, and it went there with a perfect arch and hit him right in the chest. I didn’t really think I was going to hit him and than Artest turned around and looked at me sitting in the stands.”
Immediately after getting hit by a cup, Artest stood up and went to the stands, however, he made a mistake and went after a guy that was standing right beside the fan who actually threw the cup.
“I started getting the adrenaline and my heart started racing and when I saw him coming I thought here it goes. I thought he went for me, but passed me and went for this kid. I tried to get Artest from this kid but I wasn’t necessarily trying to tell him that it was me who threw the cup.”
After the brawl, several players received massive fines and suspensions and Artest was suspended for the remainder of the 2004-05 season. It’s still to this day, the ugliest brawl ever seen on the basketball courts in the NBA, and even though it happened 15 years ago, they decided to make a documentary. Several players and people who were involved in this brawl shared how they’ve seen this event through their eyes.