Thursday , Nov , 19 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Fan Who Threw Cup to Work with Ron Artest

John Green, the fan who five years ago today sparked the infamous Pistons-Pacers brawl by throwing a beverage at Ron Artest, said Thursday the two have spoken recently and hope to partner together for some type of community-service endeavor, possibly in Detroit.

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Appearing on "ESPN First Take" on Thursday, Green recounted the incident and the changes he’s made in his life since initiating one of the worst brawls in U.S. sports history. He said Artest called his home several months ago to apologize.

"He said that he was sorry, that … the whole thing embarrassed him as it did me," Green said. "He wanted to do something for the community for troubled youth. Of course, I can’t do much on this end without him.