The malice in the palace was a dark time in the history of the NBA. The Detroit Pistons and Indiana Pacers met for a regular season game in Detroit in 2004. Ron Artest fouled Ben Wallace after opting for a simple layup. Wallace didn’t take it lightly and squeezed Artest. This sparked a fight and Artest took refuge where the media were marginalized.
While Artest lay down next to the media, a fan tossed him a beer. Then he is snapped and went to the stands. After Artest did this, there was a violent brawl between the Pacers players and Detroit fans. Today marks the 15th anniversary of malice in the palace.
The results of this historic brawl were some of the toughest suspensions the NBA has ever set. The NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the season. However, the league was not finished with the Pacers. To increase the brutal suspensions, the NBA put Stephen Jackson 30 games and Jermaine O’Neal 25 games on hold. As a result, nine players were suspended for a total of 140 games.