Only Metta World Peace. Man...only...Metta World Peace.
During an appearance on ESPN's The Jump, former NBA forward Stephen Jackson told host Rachel Nichols that World Peace is friends with the fan who sparked the notorious Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons' November 2004 brawl, which became known as "The Malice at the Palace."
Jackson said that World Peace and the fan who doused him with a beverage and igniting the chaotic scene are "real good friends" and even "speak daily."
You can't make this stuff up even if you tried.
Watch Jackson's shocking revelation here.
The wild scene started when World Peace — then Ron Artest — got into a scrap with then-Pistons center Ben Wallace, who shoved him. Artest then stretched out on the scorers' table, where a fan drenched him with a drink.
Enraged, Artest climbed into the Palace of Auburn Hills' stands, in Detroit, to put hands on the fan. Artest's then-Pacers' teammate, Jackson, had his back, climbing up into the stands as well and even throwing punches.
Artest wound up being suspended for 73 games, missing the remainder of the 2004-05 regular season and 13 additional playoff games, all while losing nearly $5 million in salary. Jackson was suspended for 30 games, also missing the 13 playoffs game.
Although World Peace would make like his last name and befriend the fan, Jackson isn't feeling the same.
"Give me my $3 million back and maybe we could talk about being friends," Jackson joked on The Jump.
And about Metta's unlikely move, Jackson described it best, saying: "Ron's that type of guy, though. You never know what to expect from Ron."
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