11/22/2004

David Stern is A Chump

Just about everyone in the sports world knows about what happened Friday night between the Pacers and Pistons. For those of you who don't there was a brawl that broke out between fans and players. Artest and Stephen Jackson went a little beyond the scope of sanity; but does this warrant a 5 foot nothing fat out of shape chump without a stitch of athletic experience to judge the most athletic entertainers in the world. David Stern has no idea what it is like being pushed to your limits by media and drunken fans day in a day out. Stern doesn't have the credentials to judge these men as peers. It is dusturbing that the NBA (most likely featuring the best athletes in the world) has a chump governing it. In terms of economics, David Stern is most concerned about dollar signs. He wants fans to generate revenue by following the NBA and participating as much in the game as possible. In this case the fans were behaving like monkeys. Throwing beer and other drinks on men who are playing a game with high end emotion is unbelievable. Drunken fans talk trash about wives, family members, and ridicule the most intimate aspects of one’s life. Often times these fans are overheard by those very players immediate friends and family who went to support and enjoy the loved athlete. When heckling ones most intimate emotions is combined with physical abuse, you have one heck of a problem. The David Sterns knows nothing of physical competition or the emotions that come with pushing oneself to the brink of mental and physical stress. Many argue that Artest is a psychotic along with Stephen Jackson, and Jermain O'neil. Columnist Bill Simmons blames Artest for “going after the wrong guy” Simmons says “It wasn’t that guy but the guy behind him who threw the cup of beer”. When you temporarily lose sanity do to the abuse of 20,000 it is hard to tell one apart from the other. Although only say 30 people were guilty of throwing things, most everyone is guilty of defemation of ones character.

8 comments:

Biancca said...

I think its appropriate to penalize both the players and the crowd. Soccer fans are much more out of control than basketball fans and I just hope the basketball fans don't catch up. I still remember the soccer player that got killed during the world cup a few years ago, because he got an "own goal". Fans in England were trampled to death which lead to the banning of the whole country from certain games. In the United States you can still bring children to sporting events, I think that is a good thing.

Maudi said...

What happened last Friday night was somthing that is bound to happen in professional atheletics. Many of the so called "inocent fans" brought this one on themselves. I feel that if you are going to throw your beer at a player or walk out onto to the court to contend, with one of these finely "tuned machines" such as Mr. Oneil then I say you get what you deserve.

pramahaphil said...

I hope that most of the fans that are suing get laughed out of court. Artest is a punk, but I guarantee that any other athelete in his position would have lost control as well.

Jake said...

What happened last Friday night was unfortunate for those individuals involved and for the NBA. This will continue to scare the NBA for many years to come and will always raise the question of would could have been done to avoid the outcome. Fans will continue to harass the athletes hoping to give the advantage to there team and the athletes need to live with that knowing that their home fans are doing the same thing to the opposing players. I commend David Stern on his decision to suspend the players for their actions, but at the same time hopefully something will be done to those fans that were also caught throwing punches.

Kova said...

I think I agree with Jake's comment on this one. I think Ron Artest deserves his punishment as he acted inappropriately. An athlete of that caliber and that physical condition should know better than to go after fans that are in an obvious inferior physical condition. No matter the actions that fans took against Artest, he has to remember that he is held to a higher standard than some no name fan. I do think that the fans involved in the incident should be held accountable as well, though.

Hopefully this unfortunate encounter will not have too many adverse effects on the NBA or Artest himself. Maybe the NBA will get a larger number of people watching the games --whether from home or at the venue itself--in hopes of seeing another, possibly bigger, brawl the next time around. Only time will tell the actual results that the NBA will see.

Taber Wolrab said...

I think David Stern did the right thing. He know more about the game of basketball than you think he does. Just because he is a short out of shape chump doesn't mean he doesn't know what he is doing. The punishments I think were fair. Professional athletes know that they are going to be heckled from the time they step foot onto the floor. They should be disciplined well enough to not assault a fan, even when that fan has done something wrong. I think the fans that contributed to the whole matter should be punished as well.

John West said...

It is easy for many people to side with the players on this issue. After all the fans initiated the actions that ultimately made for one of the most horrific nights in the history of professional sports. But, what about the players that are making millions of dollars that basically comes out of the fans' pockets? Shouldn't they have a little bit more control over their emotions after all they are around this sort of behavior night after night when they are on the road? I think the problem is due to the fact the NBA has a lot of thugs in it. Players come into the league and aren't mentally prepared for the type of atmosphere that an NBA arena holds. The league is also very much responsible as well, for not training their security and players what to do in this sort of situation. David Stern did what he had to do. He couldn't have just slapped Artest's hand in this situation. It was too big and too bad.

Dr. Tufte said...

-2 for multiple spelling errors in Stevenpadilla2's post.

-1 for two spelling errors in Jake's comment.

I live under a rock - would you believe I have yet to see video of this?

Stern is walking a fine line. This is best viewed in terms of the strategic behavior discussed in Chapter 10. He has to be credible in ensuring that this doesn't happen again (or at the least, very soon). One way to establish credibility is with excessive punishments.

One other thought here - part of the reason for high ticket prices is to self-insure against problems. And one explanation of high player salaries is efficiency wages - paying them more than they are worth in exchange for harsher penalties for transgressions.