Jermaine O'Neal On Malice At The Palace: "It's almost like it's celebrated."
INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal was back in Indianapolis this past weekend.
O'Neal is traveling with the Big 3 League, a basketball league that travels to various arenas throughout the country and features 3-on-3 mini games and some well known retired NBA players.
One thing O'Neal's name will always be synonymous with "Malice at the Palace", the popular name of a brawl that happened on November 19, 2004 between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons at the Palace at Auburn Hills in Detroit.
"The most painful part, to me, about the brawl is that they are still talking about it," O'Neal said. "It's almost like it's celebrated."
The brawl happened when then Pistons player Ben Wallace was fouled hard by Ron Artest. Wallace retaliated by shoving Artest and that is when the melee ensued. Players, including O'Neal, at one point were in the stands fighting with disgruntled fans.
O'Neal said he has a hard time escaping the brawl, even among today's young people.
"I had a basketball camp one time. These kids were in third or fourth grade and they were asking me about it. They weren't even born (when it happened)." he added. "So their parents are talking about it."
O'Neal said he is working with Netflix to put together a documentary about the brawl, which he hopes will help "put everything to bed so people can move on with their lives."
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