It’s interesting that the man who is alleged to have thrown the cup of liquid into Ron Artest’s face, reigniting the Auburn Hills dust-up, probably has a longer rap sheet than Ron Artest, Jermaine O’Neal and Stephen Jackson combined.
Green has several criminal convictions, including felony assault with intent to do great bodily harm. Green was not supposed to drink alcohol as a condition of his probation, [Oakland County Prosecutor David] Gorcyca said. He has three drunken-driving convictions, Gorcyca said.
Of course, this does not excuse the subsequent actions of the three NBA players and they have gotten and will get what they deserve. However, Mr. Green’s record does give some context to the episode: a man with demonstrable self-control issues provokes other men with same.
It also casts an ironic light on the commenters in the appropriate Daily Recycler video post, in which one "towering intellect" (among dozens of others) points to the NBA players’ actions as “typical n*gger behavior” (Mr. Green is white.)