Malice at the Palace: The NBA’s Ugly Player/Fan Brawl

It was near the end of a blowout win by the Pacers on Detroit’s home court, and a few hard fouls resurrected the animosity from the previous year’s rough Eastern Conference Finals. The blood was running, so to speak, and that’s when a punk fan threw a Diet Coke at the infamously volatile Ron Artest. The ugliest brawl in modern U.S. sports history was ignited and the NBA was changed forever.

Malice at the Palace: An oral history of the scariest moment in NBA history

Grantland.com, 3.20.12