I am not going to lie I thought the Ron Artest "Table Leg Murder Story" was just a figment of his wild and crazy imagination to scare Kobe Bryant, but I was dead wrong (no pun intended). Via Twitter (http://www.twitter.com/BlkSportsOnline) someone found an old New York Times Article confirming Artest's story. This is unbelievable:
Here are the details from the New York Times circa 1991:
A 19-year-old basketball player from Queens was fatally stabbed with a broken-off table leg today after a fight broke out during a basketball tournament, the police said.
The player, Lloyd Newton, was stabbed in the back with a leg from the scorer's table at the championship game of a Y.M.C.A.-sponsored tournament at the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, the police in Niagara Falls said.
"An argument ensued about the score," Capt. Louis Curcione said, adding that one of the teams "thought they were getting gypped."
"A fight broke out between the players and about 40 fans in the stands," he said. "In the course of the fight, one person was stabbed in the back."
Mr. Newton was taken to the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Brian C. Young, 16, of Niagara Falls, has been charged with second-degree murder. He was being held at the Niagara Falls jail pending his arraignment in city court today.
Be very afraid Kobe, be very afraid.
Ron Artest has to be some sort of fictional character like "Iron Man" or "Crowd Jumper" because these are not normal stories. People just don't get stabbed with table legs on an everyday basis.
Honestly how much would you pay to see Artest grab Hubie Brown microphone and try to stab Kobe Bryant?
$100, $200, 5 million???
I can't wait for Game 3.