The Electric Commentary

Monday, November 22, 2004

The Artest formerly known as an NBA basketball player.

I don't think there is much to say on this story, as everyone involved is an idiot. But if you want to read way too much about it:

Ed Brayton blames the fans in Detroit (as I told my Michigan friends, at least no one was set on fire. In fact, maybe all of that beer was directed at ARtest by kind, generous fans who just assumed that he had been set on fire and decided ot put out the flames).

Ethan recommends some reforms (and Ahren takes him to task in the comments section).

Dan Drezner - Could be worse -- could be Celtic/Rangers. Plus he has this hilarious quote from Ron:

LAST UPDATE: Given that Artest was suspended for the rest of the season, this interview he gave last week to ESPN.com's Marc Stein seems unintentionally hilarious. The key bit:

ESPN.com: Can the Pacers really count on you for the rest of the season?

Artest: I'll be here for the rest of the season.


Even Peter King weighs in:

b. I'm not an NBA guy. At all. But the league has so many problems right now, from the I'm-not-going-to-try intimations from Latrell Sprewell to Ron Artest needing time off in-season to promote his hip-hop record to the Knicks paying Shandon Anderson (who?) more not to play over the next three years than the Red Sox will pay David Ortiz to play at an MVP level. This problem is worth 100 of those tempests combined. Watch the corporate sponsors tail off, and watch the advertisers dry up a bit. The league won't die, but what Madison Avenue person wants to be associated with this just-north-of-Vince McMahon trash?

c. You must be so proud, Ron Artest and friends. You sparked the Clemson-South Carolina brawl, at least from what the Tigers coach and players said after the game.

Juan Non-Volokh (the anonymous Volokh Conspiracy member) thinks that David Stern is a coward.

That should hold you for a while. And you can always read the 500,000 ESPN vignettes on the subject too.

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