Netflix has unveiled the teaser trailer of its upcoming documentary series, UNTOLD Vol 1: Malice at the Palace, which takes a deep dive into the infamous brawl between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons in 2004.
For the first time ever, fans will be given access to never-before-seen footage of that fateful November 2004 night and the firsthand accounts of Metta World Peace, Stephen Jackson, Jermaine O’Neal and Reggie Miller:
“November 19, 2004, is a moment the NBA would rather soon forget, but for the players, coaches, referees, and fans who lived through it, it’s simply a night they can’t shake from their memory or their reputation. It was an early season game, but for the perennially losing Indiana Pacers, there was no better place to stamp their newfound dominance than against the defending champions and bitter rival Detroit Pistons. As the game neared its end, Indiana firebrand Ron Artest shoved Detroit’s Ben Wallace, sparking a brawl between the two clubs. When one fan arced a perfectly tossed cup of beer onto Artest’s chest, it unleashed a type of melee that had never been seen before in the history of the NBA: players rushed into the stands, fans rushed onto the court, and police rushed into the building trying to control the pandemonium. Days later, in an effort to protect the league’s image, commissioner David Stern would suspend Artest for the entirety of the season, along with 30 games for his teammate Stephen Jackson and 25 for Jermaine O’Neal, the longest suspensions in NBA history. The media then followed, labeling the players involved an unruly bunch of “thugs.””
UNTOLD is a five-part docuseries that explores tales from the world of sports. Malice at the Palace is directed by Floyd Russ and executive produced by Chapman Way, Maclain Way, Ben Silverman, Howard T. Owens, Isabel San Vargas, Ryan Duffy, Miguel Tamayo, Jaymee Messler and O’Neal.
Watch the teaser trailer above. UNTOLD Vol 1: Malice at the Palace premieres August 10, with the succeeding episodes premiering weekly.
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