Pacers Post Bond

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Five Indiana Pacers players charged with misdemeanor assault and battery in the brawl with Detroit fans at The Palace of Auburn Hills appeared in court Tuesday and were released on $500 personal bonds.

Each of the Pacers players appeared separately for about three minutes before District Judge Lisa Asadoorian, who met extensively with each of their lawyers before the hearing.

Asadoorian allowed each of the players to leave the state because they do not live or work here. She barred them from the Palace "except for employment-related purposes."

Each also was told they must attend the next hearing scheduled for April 8.

Four fans also charged in the brawl were scheduled for a pretrial conference Tuesday afternoon in 52nd District Court in Rochester Hills. A warrant was expected to be issued for any defendant who failed to appear. The Pacers' next game is Wednesday night in Boston.

A pretrial conference is held to discuss matters such as evidence and witnesses and to establish a timetable.

The players who appeared Tuesday were Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Johnson, David Harrison and Jermaine O'Neal.

Fans charged with misdemeanor assault and battery are John Green, John Ackerman, William Paulson and David Wallace, brother of Pistons center Ben Wallace.


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