Friday , Mar , 25 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

‘Threat’ against Pacers delays game

Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Indiana’s first game at the Palace of
Auburn Hills since the infamous “brawl game” that resulted in a major black
eye for the league, was delayed with what was reported as a “specific threat
against the Indiana Pacers,” according to FSN’s broadcast team.

Reporter Stacy Paetz said the Indiana team was sent back to its bus and left
the Palace after a threat was made against the team. The bus has reportedly
returned, but the team has yet to get off of it.

In the arena, the Michigan State-Duke NCAA Tournament game is being broadcast
over the jumbotron.

Of course, this follows the notorious November 19th game when the Pistons
hosted the Pacers at the Palace — a game that had to be stopped after an
altercation between players spilled into the stands and turned into a riot.

NBA Commissioner David Stern showed no mercy in the aftermath of the melee as
he suspended Indiana’s Ron Artest for the remainder of the season for his part
in the brawl, in addition to suspending eight other players for their role in
the brawl.

DET