Just when you thought that the life and times of Metta World Peace (known then as Ron Artest) couldn’t get more amusing, this story comes to light of him becoming friends with one of the inciters of “The Malice At The Palace“.
Pistons fan John Green who was the person that threw the cup on Artest during the brawl had received an olive branch from Artest to become friends and the amazing story was told to Jeff Ireland of ESPN Radio LA:
Artest: So I get suspended and I think the whole world hates me and I’m walking around not wanting to talk to anybody. Then my psychologist, I was talking to her about a few things and I said, ‘You know what, I’m going to reach out to John.’ So I went on Twitter and said, ‘Anybody that can find me this guy’s number or information, I’ll take you out to lunch.’ … Somebody from Chicago found his number … so I called him and his wife picks up the phone. And I said, ‘Hey, this is Ron Artest. I’d like to speak to John.’ … Then I spoke to John and he answered the phone like he knew I was going to call.”
Green: Ron’s a good guy. And you wanna know what? I like to think the same thing about myself. Yes, I’ve made bad choices and maybe Ron has, too, but I think he and I are very similar. We’re very passionate people, but we admit when we’re wrong, too. … Right away, because Ron’s so soft-spoken, I thought it was Michael Jackson or something. … We just started talking and we hit it off. He apologized and I did. … It came from him and it takes a lot to do something like that.
To note, Green did clear up one misconception about the brawl. The drink that he threw at Artest wasn’t a beer but a Diet Coke.
(Courtesy of Sports Radio Interviews)