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    Jan. 21, 2006
    1. Antonio Davis: “My Wife and I Did Nothing Wrong.”
    2. Jermaine O’Neal Backs Antonio Davis
    3. Brown Irked At Stern
    4. Antonio Davis: "I'd Do It Again."
    5. Stop crying foul, Antonio

    1. Antonio Davis: “My Wife and I Did Nothing Wrong.”
    Rich Schapiro and Tracy Connor of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS reports, “Knicks star Antonio Davis said yesterday he has no regrets about charging into the stands to defend his wife - and he's not about to say he's sorry. "I'm not apologizing to anyone for anything," Davis said in a conference call about Wednesday's Windy City showdown. "I don't think my wife did anything wrong. I don't think I did anything wrong." One of the Chicago Bulls fans Davis confronted, Michael Axelrod, has threatened to sue the forward for $1 million unless he apologizes for portraying him as a drunken manhandler. But Davis called the idea of a lawsuit "crazy," pointing out that he never criticized Axelrod by name or laid a hand on anyone in the stands. "He needs to take a look at himself," he said.”

    2. Jermaine O’Neal Backs Antonio Davis
    Mike Wells of the INDIANAPOLIS STAR reports, “If put in a similar position as New York's Antonio Davis, Indiana Pacers forward Jermaine O'Neal would have gone into the stands to protect his family, too. Davis was suspended five games by the NBA on Wednesday for going into the stands at Chicago's United Center to confront a fan he thought was harassing his wife. "That's terrible," O'Neal said Friday. "Larry Brown hit it on the head. Put Stu Jackson and David Stern in that position and see what they do. Put their loved ones in the position where they feel like they're threatened and see what their reaction would be. It's easy to say what a person should or should not do sitting in an office and not being in that position. I would have done the same thing, especially when you see no security, if a fan is all over my wife."

    3. Brown Irked At Stern
    Marc Berman of THE NEW YORK POST reports, “The testosterone continued to flow at Knicks camp yesterday, as Larry Brown questioned commissioner David Stern's judgment and said he would've been right behind Antonio Davis in the United Center stands had he known what was happening with Davis' wife and kids. Brown, who is 65 with a bad hip, said, "If I saw him go up there and known what was happening, I probably would've went up there with him." Brown is fuming at the league for the five-game ban. The Knicks are falling apart again, losers of four straight following the 26-point Pistons' pounding. Davis — and likely Stephon Marbury — will miss tonight's Garden clash vs. the Hornets.”

    4. Antonio Davis: "I'd Do It Again."
    Marc Berman of THE NEW YORK POST reports, “Antonio Davis said he has no regrets he took matters into his own hands Wednesday night, blaming the United Center security staff for inaction. Despite being banned five games and losing nearly $700,000 in pay, the defiant Knicks forward said yesterday he did the right thing by leaping into the United Center stands to defend his wife and two kids, who found themselves in an altercation with at least two hecklers during the Knicks' 106-104 overtime loss to the Bulls. Davis vowed he would do it again."If I had to do it all over again, I would do the same thing," Davis said on a conference call yesterday. I think my wife was in danger. I didn't see anyone helping the situation. I don't think there was enough time to alert anyone. I think security was standing there having a conversation.”

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    5. Stop crying foul, Antonio
    Mike Lupica of the NEW YORK DAILY NEWS writes, “Antonio Davis doesn't get it. Maybe the league should give him five more games, or 10 more games, just for that. Davis could have made a bad situation worse on Wednesday night in Chicago by becoming the first NBA player to use the press table as a launching pad since Ron Artest. Now he officially makes the situation worse by not accepting a proper suspension and moving on. "I'm not apologizing to anybody for anything," he said on a conference call yesterday afternoon. "I don't think I did anything wrong or my wife did anything wrong." Of course once Davis made the decision - or Billy Hunter of the NBA Players Association made it for him - to appeal his five-game suspension and file a grievance, he couldn't apologize, or dispute his wife's version of events, or even suggest that maybe he didn't see what he thought he saw from the court, where he was a lot more focused on what was happening in the stands than he was on a ballgame the Knicks were trying to win.”

    Jan. 20, 2006
    1. Under Specter of Brawl, the Knicks' Davis Is Suspended
    2. Fan Ready to Sue Davis
    3. Davis Won't Apologize to Fan
    4. Bulls Feel for Ex-Teammate
    5. Reggie Miller: Arena Security a ‘Joke’
    6. Report: Davis' Wife Says She's Glad Husband Came to Her Aid
    7. Isiah Supports Davis Suspension; Players Say It's Too Severe
    8. Larry, Isiah Views Differ on Penalty
    9. Vince Carter on Antonio Davis: Can’t Blame Him
    10. Mike Lupica, New York Daily News: Mitigating? That's a riot
    11. Harvey Araton, The New York Times: Justice Is Swift, but Is It Fair?
    12. Stephen A. Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer: Protecting families, protecting fans
    13. Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune: NBA Wimps Out on Davis' Punishment
    14. Peter Vecsey, New York Post: Slap on Wrist
    15. Sam Smith, Chicago Tribune: Message is Loud, Clear: Open Season on Fans
    16. Sean Deveney, The Sporting News: Chivalry or Not, Davis' Punishment Not Enough
    17. Tom Knott, The Washington Times: Davis Did the Right Thing
    18. John Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times: Davis Penalty Justified in Game of Truth, Consequences
    19. Mike Monroe, San Antonio Express-News: Davis Had Better Option Available
    20. David Haugh, Chicago Tribune: Davis' Wife Used to the Spotlight
    21. Jay Leno includes jokes about the Antonio Davis incident in his monologue on The Tonight Show on NBC
    22. David Letterman includes jokes about the Antonio Davis incident in his monologue during the Late Show on CBS
    23. ESPNews' Report on the Antonio Davis Incident

    1. Under Specter of Brawl, the Knicks' Davis Is Suspended
    Howard Beck of THE NEW YORK TIMES writes, "The N.B.A., still recovering from the worst player-fan brawl in league history and trying to uphold a new standard of conduct, suspended Knicks forward Antonio Davis for five games yesterday, a day after he entered - and peacefully exited - the stands at the United Center in Chicago."

    2. Fan Ready to Sue Davis
    Mike Dodd of USA TODAY writes, "A fan involved in the incident in which New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis went into the United Center stands has retained an attorney to prepare a lawsuit against the NBA player and his wife, Kendra. Michael Axelrod, 22, of Chicago said Davis' wife accosted him for booing the referees and poked him in the face repeatedly before similarly engaging another fan."

    3. Davis Won't Apologzie to Fan
    According to an ASSOCIATED PRESS report, "The fan accused of harassing the wife of ... Antonio Davis will drop threats of a lawsuit if the couple says it's sorry, the man's attorney said Friday." But Davis says no apology is forthcoming. "'I'm not apologizing to anybody for anything,' Davis said on a conference call. 'I don't think that my wife did anything wrong, I don't think that I did anything wrong.'"

    4. Bulls Feel for Ex-Teammate
    Brian Hamilton of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE writes, "The Bulls, though just tangentially involved in the Antonio Davis incident from Wednesday night's game, empathized Thursday with their former teammate. Coach Scott Skiles said an `assumption of risk' exists for spectators but did not begrudge Antonio Davis his concerns."

    5. Reggie Miller: Arena Security a ‘Joke’
    Andrew Marchand of the NEW YORK POST writes, "Reggie Miller said he felt conflicted about his ex-teammate Antonio Davis' actions Wednesday night. Miller said any man should go defend his wife when she is in harm's way, but a little more than a year after another Miller teammate, Ron Artest, started Motor City mayhem, the stands are off-limits to players."

    6. Report: Davis' Wife Says She's Glad Husband Came to Her Aid
    Dave Goldiner of the New York DAILY NEWS writes, "Kendra Davis stood by her man on Thursday, even as the NBA came down hard on him. The wife of Knicks forward Antonio Davis said he was 100 percent right to rush into the stands to defend her against what she called foulmouthed, drunken fans during a game with the Chicago Bulls."

    7. Isiah Supports Davis Suspension; Players Say It's Too Severe
    Darren Everson of the New York DAILY NEWS writes, "When Stu Jackson called Isiah Thomas on Thursday regarding Antonio Davis, the Knicks' president didn't even try to argue on his behalf. There was a reason for that: He deserved to be suspended, in Thomas' opinion. Davis' teammates insisted the punishment was too severe, given the circumstances. They said they would've done the exact same thing as Davis, who left the court to intercede in an altercation involving his wife - and who ultimately didn't do anything."

    8. Larry, Isiah Views Differ on Penalty
    Marc Berman of the NEW YORK POST writes, "Larry Brown and Isiah Thomas had differing views on Antonio Davis' five-game suspension. A fuming Brown called Davis' five-game suspension `real excessive' and challenged commissioner David Stern's logic while Thomas said he was `relieved' it wasn't longer."

    9. Vince Carter on Antonio Davis: Can’t Blame Him
    Nick Parish of the NEW YORK POST writes, "Sympathy for Antonio Davis flowed as the Nets prepared to depart for Boston yesterday. The Knicks forward pleaded his case in league offices, eventually drawing a five-game suspension. But he had support from the Swamp, including Vince Carter, who said he would `more than likely' react in the same way if faced with similar circumstances."

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    10. Mike Lupica, New York Daily News: Mitigating? That's a riot
    Mike Lupica of the New York DAILY NEWS writes, "This was Antonio Davis, who has a reputation as being one of the good guys. This was Davis going up into the stands because he thought his wife was in trouble with a fan. He still can't go up there, just 14 months after Auburn Hills."

    11. Harvey Araton, The New York Times: Justice Is Swift, but Is It Fair?
    Harvey Araton of THE NEW YORK TIMES writes, "Predictably, N.B.A. Commissioner David Stern quickly came down on the Knicks' Antonio Davis, but Davis needn't apologize for rushing to the defense of his wife."

    12. Stephen A. Smith, Philadelphia Inquirer: Protecting families, protecting fans
    Stephen A. Smith of the PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER writes, "The NBA brass saw New York Knicks forward Antonio Davis step over the scorer's table at Chicago's United Center with 1 minute, 4 seconds left in overtime. They saw Davis run up into the stands before being restrained by his wife, Kendra. They saw him look at a Bulls fan who was purportedly harassing her, and they saw Davis do absolutely nothing. Just glare. Then the NBA acted appropriately."

    13. Rick Morrissey, Chicago Tribune: NBA Wimps Out on Davis' Punishment
    Rick Morrissey of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE writes, "Five games is chump change for a guy earning $13.8 million a year. Five games isn't a deterrent, it's an invitation. Five games sends a message: If you feel the need to go into the stands after a fan, who are we to stop you?"

    14. Peter Vecsey, New York Post: Slap on Wrist
    Peter Vecsey of the NEW YORK POST writes, "Following last season's Palace rampage pitting players vs. players and then players vs. fans, David Stern made one thing indubitably clear above all else: Never again!"

    15. Sam Smith, Chicago Tribune: Message is Loud, Clear: Open Season on Fans
    Sam Smith of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE writes, "The NBA announced Thursday that fans should know they come to the games at their own risk, a riot can start at any time and no one should be surprised if large, angry men are wandering around them with evil intent."

    16. Sean Deveney, The Sporting News: Chivalry or Not, Davis' Punishment Not Enough
    Sean Deveny of THE SPORTING NEWS writes, "Yeah, Davis apparently had a pretty good reason to do what he did. But what's to stop future players from making similar charges into the stands, offering I-thought-I-saw excuses after?"

    17. Tom Knott, The Washington Times: Davis Did the Right Thing
    Tom Knott of THE WASHINGTON POST writes, "Antonio Davis did what any husband would do after seeing his wife involved in a spat with a man in the stands at the United Center."

    18. John Jackson, Chicago Sun-Times: Davis Penalty Justified in Game of Truth, Consequences
    John Jackson of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES writes, "As a general rule, I'm opposed to zero-tolerance policies and believe they mostly result in zero thought being given to complex issues. But in the case of New York Knicks forward (and former Bull) Antonio Davis charging into the United Center stands to protect his wife Wednesday night, I believe NBA commissioner David Stern had to confirm the league's zero-tolerance policy concerning players entering the stands."

    19. Mike Monroe, San Antonio Express-News: Davis Had Better Option Available
    Mike Monroe of the SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS NEWS writes, "Husbands protect their wives and children when they believe they are physically threatened. But Davis plays in a league that was tarnished last season by the ugliness at The Palace of Auburn Hills, so you have to ask: Was there a behavior, short of entering the stands, that would have been more appropriate and only slightly less chivalrous? There was."

    20. David Haugh, Chicago Tribune: Davis' Wife Used to the Spotlight
    David Haugh of the CHICAGO TRIBUNE writes, "A circle of men and women carrying cameras and notebooks followed Kendra Davis' every move. From the moment Davis stepped out of a room with NBA security officials until she finished hugging old friends on her long, lingering exit down a United Center hallway, she carried herself as if she were the lead in a reality-TV series."

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    21. Jay Leno on The Tonight Show on NBC
    Leno includes jokes about the Antonio Davis incident in his monologue.

    22. David Letterman on the Late Show on CBS.
    Letterman jokes about the Antonio Davis incident in his monologue.

    23. ESPNews' Report on the Antonio Davis Incident
    The report includes comments by Antonio Davis, Isiah Thomas, Larry Brown, Michael Axelrod, the fan involved in the incident, and a statement from the Chicago Bulls

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