Thursday, January 19, 2006

It's always the fan's fault

That's always the initial reaction of former athletes and most of the sports media when a player has a conflict with a fan. In the Antonio Davis situation my initial reaction was it's understandable that Davis went into the stands to protect his wife.

However, today I read this from the fan who was involved in the incident:

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

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.

Axelrod claimed Kendra Davis tried to scratch him after he protested a call. Axelrod, who was sitting a couple of rows behind her, said he never laid a hand on Davis' wife and said he was not drunk.

"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."

I've also read reports that Antonio Davis's wife has a reputation of being boisterous in the crowd. So maybe Davis was just being a good husband, and it was the wife who started all the problems.

Davis ended up getting suspended for 5 games, and all NBA players learned a valuable lesson: bring groupies to your games, not your wives.


Patriotsy2k said...

When I saw tonite that he got suspended 5 games for going in the stands to help his wife, my first and last thought on this matter was.."the NBA sucks".
End of post.

The Godfather said...

my first reaction was the same that it is stupid that he got suspended.
but then if you think about it. players CANNOT go into the stands. end of story. we all saw what can ensue when players do go in the stands. I think the NBA is at least sending a message that if you go in the stands, you are getting suspended. if it is so dangerous, maybe his wife shouldn't go to games.
I'm not saying I blame Davis for what he did and he at least handled the situation well. I just happen to agree with the NBA's stance to punish players for going into the stands.

this also reminds me of when Antoine went after that fan in the stands who had been heckling him for years (according to him anyway). in that case the NBA didn't suspend Antoine and the fan lost his season tickets. When I saw that I agreed with what happened. Then came the Detroit incident. Players really have no right to go in the stands. and the NBA has to take actions that will hopefully prevent this instances in the future.