ROCHESTER HILLS, Mich. -- The man accused of throwing the
cup that sparked a 2004 brawl between the Indiana Pacers and
Detroit Pistons fans was sentenced Monday to 30 days in jail on an
assault and battery charge.
John Green also was sentenced to two years' probation. The
41-year-old Green was convicted in March of one count of assault
and battery for punching former Pacers player Ron Artest during the
brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Green was found not guilty of
a second count of throwing the cup before Artest charged into the
Judge Lisa Asadoorian ordered Green to attend anger management
classes and Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and stay away from the
Palace while he is on probation.
Green's attorney, Shawn P. Smith, said he would seek a stay of
the sentence while it's appealed.
"In light of everything else, everything everyone else got, it
was not fair," Smith told the Detroit Free Press.
Others charged with assault and battery in the same brawl,
including Artest, were sentenced to probation and fined but
received no jail time. Green, however, was the only one to take his
case to trial.
Green, whose image was caught on video during the melee, said he
was innocent because he hit Artest in defense of himself and his
fellow fans. He also argued that he merely lobbed the cup into the
air and never meant to hit anyone with it.