This is one of the more bizarre sports stories I’ve heard in a while. Listen to this Ron Artest interview after the Rockets–Lakers playoff game, where he’s talking about the altercation he got into with Kobe Bryant and the physical, confrontational nature of heated, competitive basketball games:
WWWHAT??! Listen to how calmly he says this, almost in passing:
I remember one time, it was um…one of my friends, you know, he was playing basketball, they was winning the game, they were so competitive, they threw a, um, they broke the…a piece of leg from a table and they threw it and it went right through his heart and he died.
Just another crazy story from this very…colorful character who’s been involved in, and in fact created, more than his share of controversy over the years. Right? It turns out he was totally telling the truth! From the April 15, 1991 edition of the New York Times:
A 19-year-old basketball player from Queens was fatally stabbed with a broken-off table leg today after a fight broke out during a basketball tournament, the police said.
The player, Lloyd Newton, was stabbed in the back with a leg from the scorer’s table at the championship game of a Y.M.C.A.-sponsored tournament at the Niagara Falls Boys and Girls Club, the police in Niagara Falls said.
“An argument ensued about the score,” Capt. Louis Curcione said, adding that one of the teams “thought they were getting gypped.”
“A fight broke out between the players and about 40 fans in the stands,” he said. “In the course of the fight, one person was stabbed in the back.”