The best part? Ron Artest is merely a brief blip on the Indiana basketball violence radar. He's second rate. He is calm and cool. He handles his situations with tact....relatively speaking, of course.
Remember....Bobby Knight ran the program there, once.
Artest may have- at best- got his hands on 5-10 people in that fracas. He actually dodged one fight. While he has had his hands on people before, he has a lot of work to do before he catches up to the Dark Knight.
Do the math after checking this list out:
1976- Knight grabs sophomore Jim Wisman by the jersey and jerks him into his seat. This was during an undefeated, NCAA title-winning season. The real fun starts when he goes 8-10, and loses to Purdue.
1979- Knight charged, tried and convicted in absentia for hitting a Puerto Rican policeman before a practice session at Pan American Games. Knight sentenced to six months in jail, but Puerto Rico government decided in 1987 to drop efforts to extradite him. Yes, that's right...he even offends Puerto Ricans, who are a pretty tough bunch of people.
1980- Knight fires a blank shot from a starter's pistol at Louisville Courier-Journal reporter Russ Brown. Knight said he did it "to keep from going nuts." He fails to see the irony.
1981- Knight and an LSU fan get into an altercation in Philadelphia during the Final Four. Knight shoves the fan into a garbage can. A few years later, he so upsets LSU coach Dale Brown...Brown challenges him to a naked wrestling match. Knight never got heavy with LSU again.
1985- Tosses the chair across the court during a game vs. Purdue, nearly hitting people in the wheelchair section. Knight may or may not have been trying to motivate some of the "slackers" who can walk a little.
1988- In a television interview with Connie Chung, Knight said "If rape is inevitable, relax and enjoy it."
1992- Knight gives a mock whipping to Calbert Cheaney during practice at the NCAA West Regional in Albuquerque. Knight apologizes to anyone who attributed racial connotations to the incident....which, at last count, was everyone.
1993- Knight kicks at his son Patrick during a game vs. Notre Dame. This is the lighter case of Knight abusing his own children.
1994- Knight head-butts Sherron Wilkerson while screaming at him on the bench. He claims it was an accident caused by motion required to make the "N" sound in "ni***r".
1997- Knight attacks IU guard Neil Reed, and strangles him. Spreewell got 60 games. Knight- who attacked a teenager- got no penalty.
1997- Knight emerges from a bathroom stall holding some toilet paper. He then proceeds to wipe himself, hoping to illustrate how the team played. He also neglected to flush.
1999- Knight attacks an assistant coach, knocking him out of a chair. He later fired him...."falling without intensity," I guess.
1999- Knight shoots a hunting partner in the back and is cited for failing to report the incident and hunting without a license in Wisconsin.
2000- Former player Ricky Calloway accuses Knight of physical abuse in an interview with the Houston Chronicle.
2000- Toronto Raptors coach Butch Carter claims that Knight used racial slur during a tirade aimed at a black player. According to Carter, Knight stormed into the locker room after a practice and chewed out another player, saying he would end up like "all the rest of the n------ in Chicago, including your brothers."
2000- It is revealed that Knight threw a potted plant at his 64 year old secretary, broke his own son's nose, and choked and punched the IU information director. None of them had thrown beer on him.
2000- Bob Knight is accused of grabbing a freshman student at Indiana by the arm and cursing at him. This was weeks after Indiana issued a "zero tolerance" rule regarding assaulting students.
These are just the events that made it to ESPN.com. One would imagine that there were many more atrocities that his poor players were afraid to speak out on.
Simply put, Ron Artest is the Spongebob movie to Bobby Knight's snuff film.