The Airing of Grievances
Tuesday, November 23, 2004
Well, How About That

With all the talk of the "thugs," "gangstas" and "hooligans" infesting the NBA -- code words for young black guys with tattoos, cornrows and the like -- I'd be less than honest if I did not admit that this news put a little spring in my step. Turns out the guy who threw the beer at Artest is every bit thug, gansta and hooligan as even the baddest of badasses in the National Basketball Association. According to ClickonDetroit.Com, the fan was identified Monday as a 39-year-old John Green. The same John Green who has a rap sheet that would make any hooligan proud:

2003 -- Operating under the influence of liquor/operating while visibly impaired (second offense)
1989 -- Assault with intent to do great bodily harm
1989 -- Escape from prison
1986 -- Carrying concealed weapons
1986 -- Uttering and publishing, which is using a false, forged, altered or counterfeit record, deed or instrument to injure or defraud.
Oh, by the way, as part of his probation Mr. Green was not supposed to be drinking. Gonna go out on a limb here and say the man was in violation. In any event, guess what the sorry ass has to say for himself? It wasn't him. Sure.

PS: No, this in no way alters my very firm belief that Ron Artest deserved to get the boot for the year. If he'd been banned for life I woulda been cool with it. The guy's a severe liability. Good riddance.

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