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It’s 2004 and the Indiana Pacers are playing the Detroit Pistons—Pistons have homecourt advantage and are down 15 with 40 seconds left on the clock. Pistons’ Ben Wallace is fouled by Ron Artest of the Pacers, and they kick off. There’s a bit of testosterone-fuelled argy bargy that goes on for a bit longer than usual, but once both teams are separated, things look to have calmed down. That’s until a fan decides to throw a beer at Artest, and things ignite.
What’s since been dubbed ‘Malice at the Palace,’ that night became one of the most infamous brawls in NBA history; players jumped into the stands, spectators were throwing punches and anything they could find—including chairs—and jumping on the court, and it resulted in criminal charges, huge suspensions, fines, and life bans.
New Netflix docuseries Untold (from the makers of Wild Wild Country) will take on five ‘untold’ sports stories from history, giving each a feature-length episode. They’ll cover the story of pioneering women’s boxer and domestic violence survivor Christy Martin, the teenage owner of a professional ice hockey team, and of course, the now infamous Pistons-Pacers brawl.
Featuring interviews with the players and those who were there that night, Untold will look at exactly what ignited the powder keg that was Malice at the Palace. And from the looks of the trailer, it will be Artest’s (who now goes by the name Metta World Peace) first time to tell his side of the story, in what was a career-defining moment: ‘I want the story out there. Like, what happened—go frame by frame.’
You can check out the trailer in the player up top, and catch it when it drops on Netflix on August 10.