Notable recent fan-player confrontations
Nov. 19, 2004
Ron Artest was suspended for the rest of the season as the NBA came down hard on three members of the Indiana Pacers for fighting with fans when a melee broke out at the end of a game against the Detroit Pistons.
In all, nine players from the teams were suspended for 143 games. Artest is the first player to be suspended for nearly an entire season for a fight during a game. Indiana's Stephen Jackson was suspended for 30 games and Jermaine O'Neal for 25. Detroit's Ben Wallace -- whose shove of Artest after a foul led to the brawl -- drew a six-game ban, while Pacers guard Anthony Johnson got five games. Four players were suspended for a game apiece: Indiana's Reggie Miller, and Detroit's Chauncey Billups, Elden Campbell and Derrick Coleman. All of the suspensions were without pay.
O'Neal later had his suspension reduced to 15 games by an arbitrator.
Rockies at Los Angeles, Sept. 28, 2004
Dodgers outfielder Milton Bradley was thrown out of a game against Colorado after a fan threw a plastic bottle at him shortly after he made a two-out error with the bases loaded.
Bradley picked up the bottle, left his position in right field and angrily approached the stands -- appearing to yell at a fan. He then slammed the bottle into the front row.
"I deserved to be booed for reacting that way," Bradley said. "You can't approach the stands."
As Bradley walked from right field to the Dodgers' dugout, he took his jersey and hat off. With the crowd behind the dugout booing, Bradley gestured with palms up, urging the fans on.
The fan who allegedly threw the bottle, was detained and arrested. The fan was charged with throwing an object on the field with the intent to interfere with play or distract a player.
Bradley was suspended for the remainder of the regular season by Major League Baseball.
Rangers at Oakland, Sept. 13, 2004
The Texas bench and bullpen cleared when fans were razzing the players in the bullpen. Rangers reliever Frank Francisco was arrested on a charge of aggravated battery after he threw a chair into the right-field box seats near the Rangers' bullpen. The chair hit a man in the head, then bounced and struck a woman on her left temple.
Yankees at Boston, ALCS, Oct. 11, 2003
"He was standing in our bullpen waving the rally flag," Nelson said.
"I told him if you're rooting for the Red Sox, why don't you go in their bullpen," Nelson said. "He jumped in my face and tried to take a swing at me."
Both Nelson and Garcia later agreed to probation in a plea deal.
Sept. 19, 2002
A bizarre and disturbing scene at Comiskey Park as Kansas City first-base coach Tom Gamboa was attacked by a 34-year-old Chicago man, William Ligue Jr., and his 15-year-old son.
The entire Royals dugout cleared, while Kansas City's bullpen rushed in from right field to help Gamboa.
Ligue entered a guilty plea to aggravated battery charges and was sentenced to 30 months' probation. His son pleaded guilty in juvenile court to one charge of aggravated battery and two counts of mob action for striking Gamboa, and was sentenced to five years' probation and 30 hours of community service.
Dodgers at Chicago, May 16, 2000
Rowdy Cubs fans were showering the Dodgers' bullpen with beer and tried to steal catcher Chad Kreuter's cap in the ninth inning. Dodgers coaches John Shelby and Rick Dempsey joined Kreuter and other Dodgers, going into the stands down the right-field line to retaliate.
Sixteen players and three coaches were handed suspensions for their involvement in the melee. The Cubs dropped charges against the fan who took the cap from Kreuter.
• A criminal court judge threw out charges against the only two men implicated in a melee. The two men faced up to 30 days in jail and $ 1,500 in fines on disorderly conduct charges.
• The Dodgers agreed to pay a man $300,000 to settle a lawsuit he brought against the team.
Information from ESPN Research and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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