Category Archives: 2004

Potapenko, Vitaly

Charge: Disorderly intoxication and resisting arrest

Arrest Date: July 12, 2004

Franchise: Oklahoma City Thunder

Age 29

Details: Potapenko was denied entry to a Miami Beach club due to being inebriated and refused to leave the scene.  Officers responded and Potapenko became aggressive and allegedly used a racial slur and was placed under arrest.

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Payton, Gary

Charge: Driving under the influence

Arrest Date: August 28, 2004

Franchise: Boston Celtics

Age 36

Details: Three weeks after being unceremoniously traded from the Lakers to the Celtics, Payton was pulled over after being spotted backing down an onramp on a San Diego freeway.  Once pulled over he failed a sobriety test and was arrested for driving under the influence.  This was Payton’s second arrest in as many years.

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Olowokandi, Michael

Charge: Disorderly conduct and trespass

Arrest Date: November 25, 2004

Franchise: Minnesota Timberwolves

Age 29

Details: Olowokandi was partying at Tiki Bob’s at 3am in Indianapolis when he was asked to leave.  He refused and was shocked twice with a stun gun and taken into custody by responding officers.

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O’Neal, Jermaine

Charge: Assault and battery

Arrest Date: November 19, 2004

Franchise: Indiana Pacers

Age 26

Details: O’Neal was one of the participants of the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl in Detroit.  O’Neal was arrested for assault and battery along with four other Indiana Pacers players for attacking Pistons fans in the arena.  Nine players were suspended for varying lengths, with O’Neal being suspended for 15 games. See below for video of the famous brawl.

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Johnson, Anthony

Charge: Assault and battery

Arrest Date: November 19, 2004

Franchise: Indiana Pacers

Age 30

Details: Johnson was one of the participants of the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl in Detroit.  Johnson was arrested for assault and battery along with four other Indiana Pacers players for attacking Pistons fans in the arena.  Nine players were suspended for varying lengths, with Johnson being suspended for 5 games. See below for video of the famous brawl.

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Jackson, Stephen

Charge: Assault and battery

Arrest Date: November 19, 2004

Franchise: Indiana Pacers

Age 26

Details: Jackson was one of the participants of the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl in Detroit.  Jackson was arrested for assault and battery along with four other Indiana Pacers players for attacking Pistons fans in the arena.  Nine players were suspended for varying lengths, with Jackson being suspended for 30 games. See below for video of the famous brawl.

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Harrison, David

Charge: Assault and battery

Arrest Date: November 19, 2004

Franchise: Indiana Pacers

Age 22

Details: Harrison was one of the participants of the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl in Detroit.  Harrison was arrested for assault and battery along with four other Indiana Pacers players for attacking Pistons fans in the arena.  Nine players were suspended for varying lengths, though Harrison avoided suspension. See below for video of the famous brawl.

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Artest, Ron

Charge: Assault and battery

Arrest Date: November 19, 2004

Franchise: Indiana Pacers

Age 25

Details: Artest was the main participant of the infamous ‘Malice at the Palace’ brawl in Detroit.  Artest was arrested for assault and battery along with four other Indiana Pacers players for attacking Pistons fans in the arena.  Nine players were suspended for varying lengths, with Artest being suspended the longest, for the remainder of the season (73 regular season games and 13 playoff games). See below for video of the famous brawl.

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Anthony, Carmelo

Charge: Marijuana possession

Arrest Date: October 15, 2004

Franchise: Denver Nuggets

Age 20

Details: While boarding the team plane, agents discovered a small quantity of marijuana in Anthony’s backpack.  He was cited and released.  He blamed it on a friend who borrowed his backpack the previous week and the charges were ultimately dropped.

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