The cup that ignited the biggest brawl in U.S. sports history
could have been yours.
An item purported to be the cup thrown from the stands at Pacers
player Ron Artest last Friday night was on eBay for less than 24
hours after bidding went out of control. The cup, listed for sale
by someone from Sterling Heights, Mich., was put up for auction
Monday, but the bidding was closed Tuesday afternoon when the price
went to $99,999,999.
In the description of the cup, the seller wrote: "No sports
collection will be complete without the addition of this vintage
championship collector's edition beer cup. Simply a must for all
Artest fans." There also were several photos of the cup hitting
Artest, though there is no way to prove its authenticity.
After Artest was hit with the cup, he went into the stands,
setting off a melee between players and fans. Artest was suspended
for the season, while teammate Stephen Jackson was suspended 30
games and Jermaine O'Neal 25.