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Former Pacers great Miller blasts Jackson's behavior

INDIANAPOLIS -- Former Indiana Pacers star Reggie Miller
said Tuesday he doesn't understand why Stephen Jackson's teammates
are standing by him following a violent incident outside an
Indianapolis strip club.

Police said Jackson fired a gun in the air in apparent
self-defense early Friday after he was slugged in the mouth and
struck by a car that sent him tumbling onto the hood.

Miller, who played 18 years for the Pacers and is the NBA's
career leader in 3-pointers, spoke out about the incident Tuesday
on Dan Patrick's ESPN Radio show.

"That's ridiculous," Miller said. "That is a black cloud.
That is a punch in the gut for [team CEO] Donnie Walsh and [team
president] Larry Bird.''

The Pacers have an aggressive preseason publicity campaign, with
television ads and billboards featuring players and the "It's up
to us" slogan.

"You shouldn't stand behind a player that is someone slapping
you guys in the face during the middle of training camp being out
at a strip club at 3 o'clock in the morning shooting it up like
it's the Wild, Wild West."

Reggie Miller

Even Jackson, who was suspended 30 games for his role in the
brawl with Detroit Pistons fans two seasons ago and often was at
odds with coach Rick Carlisle last season, talked about spending a
summer "soul-searching" and returning with a positive attitude.

The Pacers didn't even make it to their preseason opener before
their latest public relations mess. The Pacers have rallied around
Jackson, and Miller disagreed with that on Patrick's show.

"You shouldn't stand behind a player that is someone slapping
you guys in the face during the middle of training camp being out
at a strip club at 3 o'clock in the morning shooting it up like
it's the Wild, Wild West," he said.

Miller, now a TNT basketball analyst, ended his career following
the 2004-05 season. He was a five-time All-Star, led the NBA in
free throw percentage five times and is No. 12 on the league's
career scoring list.