We know it's amazing that sports have been able to continue in the 10 months since the Pistons-Pacers brawl at The Palace in Detroit, but somehow, someway, athletic endeavors have been able to stagger on. In another example of the brutal ramifications of the actions of everyone involved, the three Pacers in the brawl — Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson and Jermaine O'Neal — pleaded no contest to misdemeanor charges this morning. For their crimes against humanity, they are expected to be forced into what the feds are calling "community service" and "probation." They will likely have to pick up trash that isn't even theirs.
The fan involved in the incident, Bryant Jackson (who we swear was once on our fantasy football team), received two months probation earlier this year. So that's settled, which means we can go back to making sure that teenager who jumped on the netting at Yankee Stadium this year gets the electric chair.
Artest, O'Neal, Jackson Plead No Contest In Palace Brawl [Detroit Free Press]