Two Pistons Fans Banned from Future Games

Two Pistons Fans Banned from Future Games
Ron Artest
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12/02/2004 08:20AM

Two spectators were banned from events at the Detroit Pistons' arena for what the team says was their involvement in last month's loutish NBA brawl between players and fans, Pistons spokesman Matt Dobek announced.

John Green and Charlie Haddad have been sent letters informing them of the ban, which also includes events at DTE Energy Music Theatre in Clarkston, according to Dobek.

Green is accused of lobbing a cup at Indiana Pacers forward Ron Artest on Nov. 19, sparking the brawl. Haddad ran onto the court that night, Dobek said, according to the Associated Press.

The brawl spilled into the stands and led to three Indiana players being suspended for 25 or more games, including a season-long ban for Artest. To date, no criminal charges have been filed, though Michigan's Oakland County prosecutor David Gorcyca said that the police are still investigating.

Meanwhile, the ban is not sitting well with at least one of the men. "They're completely picking on the little guy," says Green's lawyer, Shawn Smith, Green's lawyer. There has been no comment from Haddad.

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