O'Neal and Johnson already face assault and battery charges for
allegedly attacking Charles Haddad during the Nov. 19 fight between
Pistons fans and Pacers players. The charges carry up to 93 days in
jail and a $500 fine.
The suit was filed in U.S. District Court by Haddad, a
21-year-old Pistons season-ticket holder. Prosecutors charged him
with violating an Auburn Hills ordinance barring fans from the
court. He could get up to 90 days in jail and a $500 fine.
In his suit, Haddad said Indiana's Ron Artest knocked him down
while fighting with another fan.
"Before he could get up, and while he was still face-down,
[Haddad] was jumped upon by … Johnson and pounded repeatedly in
the back of his neck, head [and] kidneys," the suit said.
While Haddad was being helped to his feet, "O'Neal came running
from middle court … and struck him barehanded with a windup
punch" in the face, the suit said.
Pacers spokesman Jeff McCoy said he could not comment on the
suit because it was a legal matter.
NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Artest for the rest of
the season, Stephen Jackson for 30 games, O'Neal for 25 and Johnson