By now, you've all seen Antonio Davis hopping into the stands during last night's game because some yahoo was messing with his wife, (who according to reports, is not entirely blameless, but that is neither here nor there.) The question in this post-Palace Brawl league, what now? I'm on the record as saying that I thought Artest getting dinged for the season was excessive (though not as excessive as Jermaine O'Neal's suspension - if you come on the court, and get decked, tough cookies, I say. Remember the Gamboa's, father and son?) But with that precedent, was does DS do here? ESPN set's the morning line at 8 games. I think that is excessive. What do you think?
Update: 5 Games. I can live with that, though maybe a touch excessive. Scoop Jackson, in an otherwise not especially cogent column makes the point that without the Melee in the Motor City, this is a non-issue. Well, that could be true, it might not be. But it is certainly counterfactual - this is a new world. For an example of how an athlete should handle the situation, look to Gary Sheffield (how does BalcoBoy #3 become the poster child for restraint, BTW?). Alternatively, look to the security arrangements in Fenway, and whatever they were doing that neither the United Center nor the Palace seemed capable of.