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It8ifyifitsgrif
01-19-2006, 01:31 AM
http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/recap?gameId=260118004


CHICAGO (AP) -- Knicks forward Antonio Davis climbed into the stands out of concern for his wife and was ejected without further trouble Wednesday night during the Chicago Bulls' 106-104 overtime victory against New York.

Ben Gordon hit a game-winning jumper at the buzzer and scored 32 points for the Bulls, but Davis' dash over the scorer's table and into the stands during a timeout in overtime -- evoking memories of last season's brawl in Detroit -- became the flash point of an already wild game.

"I witnessed my wife being threatened by a man that I learned later to be intoxicated," Davis said in a statement issued after the game. "I saw him touch her, and I know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have felt terrible if I didn't react. There was no time to call security. It happened too quickly."

Davis ascended about 10 rows of seats to reach his wife in the stands. There was no physical confrontation after he got there, but several people were pointing and shouting for a few moments before security arrived

Davis, president of the NBA players' association, appeared calm throughout and walked away willingly as soon as security arrived. He returned to the bench and took his seat before being ejected. The game resumed after about a five-minute delay.

United Center security remained in the stands for a few minutes more, where other fans appeared to be explaining what they had seen. Guards in suits and yellow jackets then escorted a group of people from the area.

Knicks coach Larry Brown said Davis went into the stands because he saw his wife "falling back."

Brown was coaching the Pistons in November 2004 when an ugly fight broke out in the stands between fans and Indiana Pacers players during a Detroit home game. A black eye for the NBA, the brawl led to criminal charges and lengthy suspensions for Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson.

But Brown was adamant that this situation should be viewed differently.

"Come on, that's his wife," Brown said. "That's entirely different. I was worried about Kendra. That's why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.

"That thing that happened in the stands had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned about his family."

No arrests had been made as of late Wednesday night, police said.

Gordon hit his winning shot after New York's Jamal Crawford tied it at 104 with a 3-pointer with 4.6 seconds left. After a timeout, Gordon caught the inbounds pass near the top of the key and hit a jumper over Trevor Ariza, bringing a wild game to an end.

New York's Maurice Taylor and Chicago's Chris Duhon also were ejected after a scuffle in overtime, a few minutes before Davis went into the stands.

"He took care of family first," Taylor said. "He's got his wife and young kids up there."

Asked about Davis' demeanor in the locker room after the game, Taylor said: "He was upset, but he was clear headed. Everyone watches where their family is."

Taylor said Davis told him it looked as if his wife was involved in some kind of altercation in the stands, but wasn't sure what it was about.

"He didn't know what was going on, he just knew something was going on," Taylor said.

Gordon hit 14 of 28 shots, none bigger than the last one. He missed a shot at the end of regulation, but converted in overtime after taking the inbounds pass from Kirk Hinrich.

Gordon, who grew up just north of New York City in Mount Vernon, also beat the Knicks with a buzzer-beater at Madison Square Garden last season on Martin Luther King Day.

Hinrich finished with 18 points, eight assists, eight rebounds and three steals, while Andres Nocioni and Darius Songaila scored 14 apiece.

Crawford led the Knicks with 19 points, while Quentin Richardson added 17. Stephon Marbury sat out with a sprained left shoulder, ending a streak of 280 consecutive games played.

Davis, who used to play for the Bulls, had 16 points and nine rebounds, but Eddy Curry struggled in his homecoming. He finished with 11 points and four rebounds in his first game against Chicago and missed the final seven-plus minutes of regulation after colliding with Gordon.

Curry's return was overshadowed by what happened in overtime.

First, Taylor ran across the lane and knocked down Duhon, who got up and shoved Taylor, resulting in a double technical. Davis was ejected with 1:04 left.

The Bulls were ahead 102-99 after Songaila hit two free throws with 51.1 seconds left in overtime. Crawford went 2-of-3 from the line after being fouled by Andres Nocioni to make it a one-point game. After Nocioni converted two foul shots with 8.3 seconds left, Crawford's 3 tied it at 104.

It8ifyifitsgrif
01-19-2006, 01:34 AM
I think his reason checks out and is very warranted. But regardless of the situation, you hate to see this happen. The NBA needs to figure something out to protect players, thier families, and the fans without it becoming a military full of security.

919191
01-19-2006, 09:22 AM
If his reasons are legit, and I have no reason to believe differently, I actually applaud the man.

redsfan30
01-19-2006, 09:35 AM
He should not be suspended for protecting his family, but rules are rules and he will probably be fined. And I'll bet you he'll pay that fine gladly knowing that his wife is fine.

I would like to see family/friends of the athletes sit in one specific section that can be monitored by security. You're bound to have problems when you have family members spread out all over the arena/stadium. There is no possible way that security can protect all family members when they're spread out like that.

Of course it's unfortunate that we actually have to protect athlete's family members. But that's the society we live in today.

RedFanAlways1966
01-19-2006, 09:40 AM
<devil's advocate>

Suppose I am at work. My wife is going to pick me up at work for lunch. She does not work at my place of employment. At the same time she is picking me up for lunch, a customer of ours is pulling into the parking lot to visit my company. For whatever reason my wife and my company's customer are involved in a dispute in the parking lot when I walk out (a driving incident, argument over a parking spot, whatever...). I walk into this confrontation. I am not sure of what happened or started it b/c I was doing my job when it started. Perhaps it is the customer's fault or perhaps it is my wife's fault. However, I step in and shove our customer. I call him some choice names. Other employees and our security step in and break it up. My customer proceeds to tell higher-ups in my company how he was treated by an employee of this company. Guess what probably happens to me? I probably get axed. Are NBA players any different? I think not.

Do you wonder if the Knicks 13-23 record is partly to blame on the lack of attention on the court and to the game by their own players? Seems as though Davis was not giving the game his 100% attention. Could Davis have had security handle the situation and avoided going into the stands? You better bet your life. That would have something to do with "cooler heads prevail".

Is going into the crowd ever justified? NO. I'd feel like a won the Lotto if an NBA player ever laid a hand on me. Unless I was obviously a threat to cause bodily harm to him, there is never a good enough excuse to lay a hand on me. Esp. when the person being touched is a fan in the stands.

Ravenlord
01-19-2006, 09:45 AM
given what Davis said, he handled it a lot better than i would have. i can almost guarentee i'd have ended up with assault charges.

919191
01-19-2006, 09:53 AM
<devil's advocate>

Suppose I am at work. My wife is going to pick me up at work for lunch. She does not work at my place of employment. At the same time she is picking me up for lunch, a customer of ours is pulling into the parking lot to visit my company. For whatever reason my wife and my company's customer are involved in a dispute in the parking lot when I walk out (a driving incident, argument over a parking spot, whatever...). I walk into this confrontation. I am not sure of what happened or started it b/c I was doing my job when it started. Perhaps it is the customer's fault or perhaps it is my wife's fault. However, I step in and shove our customer. I call him some choice names. Other employees and our security step in and break it up. My customer proceeds to tell higher-ups in my company how he was treated by an employee of this company. Guess what probably happens to me? I probably get axed. Are NBA players any different? I think not.

Do you wonder if the Knicks 13-23 record is partly to blame on the lack of attention on the court and to the game by their own players? Seems as though Davis was not giving the game his 100% attention. Could Davis have had security handle the situation and avoided going into the stands? You better bet your life. That would have something to do with "cooler heads prevail".

Is going into the crowd ever justified? NO. I'd feel like a won the Lotto if an NBA player ever laid a hand on me. Unless I was obviously a threat to cause bodily harm to him, there is never a good enough excuse to lay a hand on me. Esp. when the person being touched is a fan in the stands.

No physical confrontation. No shoving. No punches. He saw his wife being hassled. He went to her. Are those priorities so bad? Would you just sit there and watch for security? It said his kids were there. You would let them see that without standing up to it? Sounds like his priorities are pretty good.

But rules are rules.

Johnny Footstool
01-19-2006, 10:08 AM
My customer proceeds to tell higher-ups in my company how he was treated by an employee of this company. Guess what probably happens to me? I probably get axed. Are NBA players any different? I think not.

People pay millions of dollars a year to watch NBA players do their jobs. I'm sure you're good at your job, but I doubt anyone pays money to watch you do it.

That doesn't give them license to attack people, but it does mean that their employers are going to give them more leeway than you or I would get from our employers.

gonelong
01-19-2006, 10:29 AM
<devil's advocate>
My customer proceeds to tell higher-ups in my company how he was treated by an employee of this company. Guess what probably happens to me? I probably get axed. Are NBA players any different? I think not.


Yes, they are, and it should be obvious as to why. Money.

They generate Millions in revenue and are extremely difficult to find replacements for. That is just not the case for the average Joe.

The ratio of customer revenue/replacing employee is the driving factor here.

If the ratio is $100/$60,000 salary ... they probably apologize to the customer profusley and hide you for a bit.

If the ratio is more like $2.5M/$60,000 ... get your resume together, you're fired.

Now, if the ratio is $100/$50M over 5 years ... they escort the customer out of the building and tell him never to come back.

GL

edit: I didn't notice the <devil's advocate>, good conversation starter.

I pull out the same line of reasoning when anybody asks why is so-and-so "worth" $20M. I say if they can generate me $21M of profit, then they are "worth" every penny.

RFS62
01-19-2006, 10:40 AM
If somebody is messing with my family, I'm not going to wait around to see what happens.

If that breaks the rules, tough. Fine me any way you choose.

NJReds
01-19-2006, 10:43 AM
The Chicago Bulls organization should be fined for not having adequate security. If AD's family was being hassled, Security should've been on the scene well before AD had to take action.

Chip R
01-19-2006, 10:56 AM
When things like this happen, the organization should be suspended from selling beer for a certain amount of games. 99% of these incidents don't happen without alcohol. If the arena/stadium can't provide adequate security, don't let them sell beer until they can get their act together.

jmbraun773
01-19-2006, 10:58 AM
Bottom line is AD went into the stands and he should get atleast a 10 game suspension regardless of the reasons for going into the stand. But that won't happen because David Stern is an idiot and a terrible comissioner. Ever since the whole crazy thing in Detroit (which I am not comparing to this at all) Stern's suspensions of the Pacer players have been ridiculous. A few examples 1) Ron Artest 73 games--way too excessive 2)A seperate incident where Stephen Jackson was supsended a game for not leaving the court in a timely manner and verbally abusing an official. Well Lawrence Frank the coach for the Nets did the exact same thing but was only fined. Doesn't make much since except for the fact that Stern is an idiot and is out to get certain players and teams in the league.

westofyou
01-19-2006, 11:12 AM
If that breaks the rules, tough. Fine me any way you choose.

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MrCinatit
01-19-2006, 11:37 AM
unfortunately, Davis will probably be fined. even more unfortunate is i think it almost has to be done, right or wrong.
however, i do believe he was right in doing this. i mean...it IS the guy's wife.
the fan, meanwhile, should be invited to never attend another NBA game for the rest of his drunken and miserable life.
that, or forced to attend only games with David Putty and his fellow "face-painters".

deltachi8
01-19-2006, 12:57 PM
whats the NBA?

Matt700wlw
01-19-2006, 03:17 PM
Ron Artest went into the stands with the intent of hurting a fan for throwing a cup and it happened to hit him....Ron Artest is a punk and deserved everything he recieved as a punishement.

Davis went to help his wife, whom he felt was being threatened by a disorderly idiot. Davis did not cause any disorder, or throw punches....I don't think he did anything differently than you or I would in the same circumstance.

I don't think he deserves any punishment, although he technically broke a rule - however the fan does....drunk and disorderly conduct is a crime...so is public intoxication.

RFS62
01-19-2006, 03:25 PM
The NBA is ultimately responsible for the safety of his wife in the stands. They apparently failed. Or at least, it appeared to him that they had failed, in the brief few seconds he had to decide what to do.

If the NBA fines him for taking reasonable steps to protect his wife when they failed to do so, they will receive a firestorm of criticism.

If he went into the stands like a raving idiot, it would be different.

It8ifyifitsgrif
01-19-2006, 05:04 PM
Now the fan has his say.... and he is sueing :eek: :thumbdown

http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/news/story?id=2298240

Fan says he did nothing wrong, plans to sue Davis, wife

Associated Press

CHICAGO -- As New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis awaited word Thursday on whether he will be suspended for climbing into the stands to confront a man during a game in Chicago, that fan said he did nothing wrong and was attacked by Davis' wife.

The altercation came in overtime Wednesday night of the Bulls' 106-104 victory. Davis said he thought his wife was in danger and later released a statement saying the fan was drunk.

"It's a lie," 22-year-old Michael Axelrod said in a phone interview with The Associated Press.

Unlike last season's melee when Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and fans were involved in perhaps the worst brawl in U.S. sports history, order was quickly restored. No punches were thrown, there were no arrests and Davis was ejected.

The Knicks were home Thursday night against Detroit. An NBA spokesman said decisions on penalties are usually made before a team plays its next game.

Davis, president of the NBA players' association, jumped over the scorer's table to get in the stands at the United Center.

"I witnessed my wife being threatened by a man that I learned later to be intoxicated," he said in a statement after the game. "I saw him touch her, and I know I should not have acted the way I did, but I would have felt terrible if I didn't react. There was no time to call security. It happened too quickly."

But Axelrod said Kendra Davis tried to scratch him after he protested a call. Axelrod said he never laid a hand on Davis' wife and said he was not drunk.

Axelrod's father, David, is a prominent Democratic political consultant in Chicago who has worked with Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley.

"When I go to games, I cheer as hard as I can for the Bulls, and I boo as hard as I can for whoever they're playing," Michael Axelrod said. "I don't feel comfortable if players are allowed to easily jump into the crowd whenever they feel like it's necessary."

Axelrod's attorney, Jay Paul Deratany, said he planned to sue Davis and his wife for more than $1 million. Deratany said he was writing the papers Thursday for a battery suit against Kendra Davis and a slander case against Antonio Davis, and planned to file them Friday.

According to Axelrod, he was sitting in the seventh row and booed an official's call. Kendra Davis "came out of her seat. I didn't even pay attention to her. I thought she was just going to the bathroom or something," he said.

Axelrod, who was sitting a couple of rows behind her, said she yelled at him to be quiet. Axelrod said he did not know she was Davis' wife until the player ran into the stands.

Axelrod said Kendra Davis put both hands on his face, and that he motioned for security. He said she later went after another fan.

"I was glad she was done hitting me, but I didn't want her to hit anyone else," Axelrod said.

Antonio Davis appeared calm throughout and walked away willingly when security arrived. He returned to the bench and took his seat before being ejected. The game resumed after about a five-minute delay.

Axelrod was escorted to the concourse by security, but said he was allowed back into the arena and saw Ben Gordon's winning shot at the buzzer.

"His wife and kids were up there," Knicks guard Jamal Crawford said. "If you see your family in harm's way, you're going to go protect them. You're the man of the house, and at that point you're thinking like a regular human instead of an athlete."

United Center security remained in the stands for a few more minutes, and other fans appeared to be explaining what they had seen. Guards in suits and yellow jackets then escorted a group of people from the area.

Knicks coach Larry Brown said Davis went into the stands because he saw his wife "falling back."

Brown was coaching the Pistons in November 2004 when that ugly fight broke out in the stands between fans and Pacers during a Detroit home game. An embarrassment for the NBA, the brawl led to criminal charges and lengthy suspensions for Ron Artest, Jermaine O'Neal and Stephen Jackson.

But Brown was adamant that this situation should be viewed differently.

"Come on, that's his wife," Brown said. "That's entirely different. I was worried about Kendra. That's why he went in the stands, he saw her falling back.

"That thing that happened in the stands had nothing to do with the two teams. That's a man concerned about his family."

NJReds
01-19-2006, 05:15 PM
I don't know about the battery charges, but I don't think he can win a slander case. He'd have to prove that Davis called him drunk intentionally in an attempt to hurt his character. If the guy didn't take a breath test at the time to prove his sobriety, I don't see how a court could fairly rule in his favor. (In the case of slander, only).

Crash Davis
01-19-2006, 05:28 PM
ESPN had been covering this story all day as if it was a major sports news story.

A player went into the stands. Nothing happened therein. He got suspended for 5 games. Now, how can we wring our hands over this for 24+ hours of debate and counterdebate?

Dear ESPN: There's nothing to see here. Please move on. Thank you.

Sincerely,
American Sportsfans

captainmorgan07
01-19-2006, 10:18 PM
this suspension is ridiculous yes he went into the stands suspend teh guy a game though 5 is to harsh i gurantee u if david stern was in teh same situation as antonio davis he'd do the same thing the guy is the head of the players association and a veteran he's not just gonna run into the stands and start swinging

CrackerJack
01-19-2006, 11:54 PM
Call security from the court - his macho act was a bad decision, ecspecially as head of the Player's Union. Surely they would've responded immediately and removed the fan, I'm sure she isn't the first player's wife to be heckled by a drunk. Not so sure I put my wife in the stands by herself either if I'm a player.

RedFanAlways1966
01-20-2006, 08:01 AM
<devil's advocate comes back feeling kinda smug>

Now we have heard both sides of the story. Who is lying and who is telling the truth? Seems as though a lot of us are quick to jump to the "drunk-hecking-fan-who-is-out-of-control-and threatening". Video has been released showing Kendra Davis poking her finger in the face of Mr. Axelrod and Mr. Axelrod trying to summon security to get the woman away from him. And it seems that security was there before Antonio Davis decided to jump into the stands (for those who think the NBA is lax on protection/security). Security decided that Mr. Axelrod did not do anything that would warrant ejection from the arena.

Now I doubt that any of us know Kendra Davis or Mr. Axelrod... the two "combatants". But could any of us imagine a woman who enjoys her husband's $13.8 million a year salary? A woman who perhaps is not really living in the real world b/c of all the wealth that she enjoys. A woman who is used to telling people (nannys, maids, butlers, gardeners, pool cleaners, chauffers, etc.) what to do and used to being in control and having people heed to her commands. And there she sits in the middle of a bunch of Bulls fans (they were in Chicago). And there she sits hearing Bulls fans badmouthing her husband and/or his team. She is not used to people saying things she does not like to hear... she is used to people heeding to her commands. She decides she will take matters into her own hands and Mr. Axelrod (who claims that he had no idea that this lady was a Knicks player's wife) will heed to her commands to shut his mouth on the Knicks negative comments.

Naturally Antonio, trying to deflect his actions and minimize the fine/suspension, makes comments that "he heard Mr. Axelrod was drunk". Oh yeah... who told you this? Mr. Axelrrod's friend who attended the game with him... not. Did Kendra Davis tell her husband this? Video does not prove how much alcohol Mr. Axelrod ingested, but it does show Kendra Davis acting like Mr. Axelrod's boss and it shows her pointing her finger in his face (and remember it shows him trying to get security to get this woman away from him).

Such is life in the soap opera known as the NBA. The Davis family will lose out on $700,000 b/c of the 5-game suspension. They might lose more if Mr. Axelrod's attorney convinces a jury that he was wronged. My advice to Antonio Davis... stay out of the stands. Keep your wife home from now on. You will be able to give the team 100% of your attention and your wife can put her finger in the face of one of your hired-hands at home and not worry about it.

Always nice to get both sides of the story. Don't know who is lying (someone is). But things seem a lot different 24 hours later.

NJReds
01-20-2006, 08:51 AM
<devils advocate part 2>

What happened before the video of Ms. Davis verbal confrontation with Mr. Million Dollar lawsuit? Some in the stands said that he was the aggressor, and that the video only shows her reaction to his intial actions.

Disclaimer: I am a Knicks fan, and I don't have a problem with the 5 game suspension. Rules are rules. I think that Davis should serve his time, and that everything else should be dropped. It will remain a story until the lawsuit is dropped, or is over. In any event, I don't think this merits Mr. Axelrod becoming a 'lottery winner'.

RedFanAlways1966
01-20-2006, 09:10 AM
I think it is definitely fair to hear all the witnesses too (and may be more truthful). All stories need to be heard. 24-hours ago we had only heard one side... Antonio's side. Videos can be very damning. But, as you stated, they are only as good as the time they captured (Rodney King anyone!??!).

I don't think we (the rest of society) will ever know the whole truth. I do not think Mr. Axelrod deserves a penny. I despise lawsuits like this. I also despise any athlete (any sport) going into the stands.

If I made $13.8 million per year, I'd probably have my loved-ones sitting elsewhere. I am sure I could afford this. Is it fair that the Davis family cannot sit where they want? Hell no! But reality is not always fair. But enjoying $13.8 million per year can help ease the pains that reality brings us.

Isn't it silly too that grown people act like this? Mr. Axelod, his attorney, Mrs. Davis, drunk fans, etc. But most of know that is a reality too.

TeamBoone
01-20-2006, 12:17 PM
Regardless of which side of the story is true (maybe bits and pieces of both sides are true, maybe not), what Davis saw in that snapshot of time is all that matters.

I would have done the same thing if I were him and thought I saw someone I love in danger. Screw the rule! In his eyes, her safety was on the line. I can't believe that most of you would not have done the same thing in his shoes... and if not, then shame on you!

I know that rules are rules and he can be no exception. Again, if I were him, I'd be ok with that too. But in my mind, I'd know that I did what I had to do regardless of the rule. It could have ended tragically if what he thought he saw was correct, and he might just have saved her life.

Hindsight is nearly always 20/20.

RFS62
01-20-2006, 12:22 PM
Regardless of which side of the story is true (maybe bits and pieces of both sides are true, maybe not), what Davis saw in that snapshot of time is all that matters.

I would have done the same thing if I were him and thought I saw someone I love in danger. Screw the rule! In his eyes, her safety was on the line. I can't believe that most of you would have done the same thing in his shoes... and if not, then shame on you!

I know that rules are rules and he can be no exception. Again, if I were him, I'd be ok with that too. But in my mind, I'd know that I did what I had to do regardless of the rule. It could have ended tragically if what he thought he saw was correct, and he might just have saved her life.

Hindsight is nearly always 20/20.



Boy howdy. This is a total no-brainer to me.

Well said, TB.

CrackerJack
01-20-2006, 01:51 PM
I'm trying to think of the last time a drunk heckler physically assaulted an unknown female fan in front of thousands of people at an NBA game in the stands as the game was going on?

Never. Davis broke up an argument - apparently his wife is a pathetically helpless individual who needs "a man" to stand up for her in verbal confrontations.

Just cut through all the emotional, knee jerk machismo stuff and anyone with common sense would've kept an eye on the situation from the bench and called security immediately to calm the two down and have her walk down to him at courtside to make sure she was ok if necessary.

Sorry but heading into the stands every time a heckler goes after a friend or family member is not acceptable to me. Don't put your wife in that situation in the first place if you're that uptight about it - he shares responsibility for it.

And yes the "diagnosing" of this situation by ESPN is so utterly ridiculous, just have to turn if off - hate the NBA any ways.

NJReds
01-20-2006, 02:07 PM
Just cut through all the emotional, knee jerk machismo stuff and anyone with common sense would've kept an eye on the situation from the bench and called security immediately to calm the two down and have her walk down to him at courtside to make sure she was ok if necessary.


That's apparently the worst part. Security was called and did nothing. If anyone here should be penalized, it should be the Chicago Bulls/arena staff.

TeamBoone
01-20-2006, 03:44 PM
anyone with common sense would've kept an eye on the situation from the bench and called security immediately to calm the two down and have her walk down to him at courtside to make sure she was ok if necessary.

Really? He should have had his eye on her section every minute of the game, even when he was on the court playing? That's a bit far-fetched, don't you think?

The point is, when he did have a moment to check out her section, she appeared to be in danger.

And how the heck can you say that anything similar has never happened at any previous NBA game? How could you possibly know that?

NJReds
01-20-2006, 03:49 PM
Looks like the fan has backed off his request for "one million dollars"



Fan wants apology from Knicks player who entered stands
By DAVID BRUMMER, Associated Press Writer January 20, 2006

CHICAGO (AP) -- The fan accused of harassing the wife of New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis will drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple apologizes, the man's attorney said Friday.

Attorney Jay Paul Deratany planned to send a letter to the couple on Friday, asking Davis to make a donation to a charity that tries to prevent violence against women and children. Deratany e-mailed a copy of the letter to The Associated Press.

Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Thursday, a day after he went into the stands during a game at the United Center in Chicago to confront 22-year-old Michael Axelrod.

Davis' statement after the game said the man he thought was threatening his wife, Kendra, was drunk. Axelrod said all he had was a glass of wine at dinner, and that he did nothing wrong.

Axelrod is asking Davis to take back his comments. He said several witnesses and videotapes of the event back up his client's claims.

Deratany said he would give the Davises about a week to respond.

"Both of us respect the game and the point was to send a message not to harass fans -- either physically or by later comments that disparage their character," Deratany said Friday. "If that's accomplished, then it's time to move on. It's never been about money."

On Thursday, Deratany said he planned to sue Davis and his wife for more than $1 million, alleging battery by Kendra Davis and slander by her husband.

On Friday, Deratany said the $1 million figure was inflated, but declined to say how much his client would seek.

Axelrod's father, David, is a prominent Democratic political consultant in Chicago who has worked with Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton and Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Ravenlord
01-20-2006, 03:50 PM
And how the heck can you say that anything similar has never happened at any previous NBA game? How could you possibly know that?
especially since there's usually one or two incidents each of this a year between the four major sports and the professional and college levels.

when i was at Urbana, a girl got raped at a UU football game against Cedarville(?) with about 2,400 people in attendance.