Jackson's availability remains in que...

Jackson's availability remains in question

There are 27 comments on the The Indianapolis Star story from Oct 13, 2006, titled Jackson's availability remains in question. In it, The Indianapolis Star reports that:

Stephen Jackson's ongoing legal problems have put the Indiana Pacers in an all-too-familiar position of having to block out a distraction.

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Robert Smith

United States

#1 Oct 13, 2006
I have to say (what a great many fans have been saying for the past two years) that there's no two players that I'd like to see less in a Pacers uniform than Jackson and Tinsley (well, other than Artest). Most of the fans begged, pleaded and even threatened (via not buying season tickets and whatnot) to get rid of those two (Jackson in particular) to no avail. I blame Bird for keeping these two around (especially Jackson), as it's time to place the blame properly.
Larry Berg

Winter Garden, FL

#2 Oct 13, 2006
I have always said that Jackson was the reason the situation in Detroit got so bad. If he had grabbed Artest and held him back instead of started throwing haymakers at anyone he saw. Artest would not have been gone for the season and the season whould have been a lot different. Artest did not throw a punch until Jackson got in the stands and started his attack. It must have been the same way at the strip club, where he went crazy and exculated the situation. Jackson is a cancer who must go and Tinsley just has too much baggage to lead this team in the playoffs. I don't see the Simon's putting up with this two any longer.
KIm

United States

#3 Oct 13, 2006
I'd rather the Pacers loose evey game this season, as apposed to bringing this guy back on the court. He has already proven he doesn't deserve to be there. Or on any other NBA court. Look how many times the Pacer tried to beat there head against the wall trying to hold on to Ron Artest, thinking we had to have this one guy to win. If we didn't learn anything from all of that then! Shame on Larry and Donnie.
C Jordan

AOL

#4 Oct 13, 2006
I can't hardly believe the almost totally passive, indifferent attitude that Walsh, Carlise and Bird have taken regarding the Jackson mess! He's facing a criminal charge and two other charges in Indy and a probation violation in Michigan and all the Pacers can talk about is whether he may start in a pre season game or not! Unbelievable! It's past time for this guy to be shipped out! There are many good players out there who would love to play for us and conduct themselves in the appropriate manner so let's get rid of the trash and give someone who deserves it a chance. Strange isn't it that you never hear any of this silliness relating to the Colts who have five times the number of players the Pacers have! Walsh, Carlise and Bird need to wake up and smell the coffee, get off their butts and get rid of the trouble makers!
Miro

Redford, MI

#5 Oct 13, 2006
Jackson is an outlaw! Larry Bird has done nothing to lay the hammer dwon on these types of troublemakers. It took him way to long to get Artest out of town. Tinsley, Jackson and even Jermaine have no respect for the NBA.
dociu80

Columbus, OH

#7 Oct 13, 2006
After a off season of pleading, begging, and even demanding "character,and behavior" or else from their players, what kind of message is this sending the other players? He at the very least had to have broken some team rules? I understand they cant cut him, 7.5 Mil in salary paying him, to preach ethics and good bahavoir all summe and not back it up, paints a very bad picture of DW-LB. REPSECT is being lost very fast. At the least, I would expect them to say, " due to the severity of the pending legal issues and in the best interest of Steven and the Pacers, we are suspending him until the legal issues are resolved."

THAT saves face for the franchise, and yet SEND THE MESSAGE they ranted about all summer to the returning players.
jacob

Kokomo, IN

#8 Oct 13, 2006
what ya'll need to do is to get more body guards when ya'll go to the club or stripp club or just get a private one at the crib
Sean G

Indianapolis, IN

#9 Oct 13, 2006
I'm glad the Pacers organization is not so fickle as some of these "fans" as to rush to judgment about the situation. Bird, Walsh, Carlisle are class acts and are treating Jackson with the respect he deserves and handling the situation appropriately.

Jackson should continue to be afforded the benefit of the doubt and the Pacers should support him as teammate and a friend. He may have done some pretty stupid things, but come on people! If he is big enough to admit to some poor decisions and accept the consequences of his actions, who is anyone to deny him a chance at redemption?
Former Pacers Fan

Indianapolis, IN

#10 Oct 13, 2006
Until this thug is gone, I will no longer be a Pacers fan.
Fed up

United States

#11 Oct 13, 2006
I blame Bird and Walsh.
Brent

Zionsville, IN

#12 Oct 13, 2006
Sean G wrote:
I'm glad the Pacers organization is not so fickle as some of these "fans" as to rush to judgment about the situation. Bird, Walsh, Carlisle are class acts and are treating Jackson with the respect he deserves and handling the situation appropriately.
Jackson should continue to be afforded the benefit of the doubt and the Pacers should support him as teammate and a friend. He may have done some pretty stupid things, but come on people! If he is big enough to admit to some poor decisions and accept the consequences of his actions, who is anyone to deny him a chance at redemption?
Finally someone that see's things the way i do. It kills me the way everyone is reacting to all of this. I agree the guy messed up, but c'mon people take a step back and look at yourselves. I'm sure you have all, including myself have done some pretty stupid things in our lives that we wish we could take back. None of truly know what happend, so I say let's wait and see before going off on this guy who might just be innocent. If he is guilty then i'm sure we will send him on his way.
former fan

United States

#13 Oct 13, 2006
I can't believe that there are no repercussions coming from the team for this kind of conduct. It is rediculous to think that Jackson may be out there on the court when he has conducted himself in such a manner. Do they really think that people want to see him play after all this? The Pacers are in a downward spiral and if management/owners want to stop it, they must show that they will not accept this kind of behavior from one of their players.
Mark Messick

Pitsburg, OH

#14 Oct 13, 2006
Reggie Miller is a better face for the Pacers than the current management. I always thought Donnie Walsh was a class act. I had hoped that Larry Bird would be as successful an executive as he was a coach and player. The Simon brother usually don't get involved in the day to day workings of the club but maybe it is time for them to step up and rescue the Pacers again. As owners, they may be the only ones who can tell Jackson that their organization does not need his services. The people of Indianapolis and surronding communities have had enough of the lack of character, sportmanship, hustle displayed by Stephen Jackson. He is not even a star player. We have heard the "I am sorry...I am a changed person." Only to get up two days later to find headlines in the paper about Jackson shooting it out with a criple at a strip club at 3am in the morning during training camp. Enough is enough. At least Ron Artest let the Pacers know that he did not want to be a Pacer and gave the Pacers a chance to better themselves. Enough is enough..if Carisle, Bird and Walsh can not see the problem with Jackson may be the Simon brothers can.
ladylove

Bridgeport, WV

#15 Oct 13, 2006
Get off the dudes back no matter what he does he's just a human capable of making mistakes. This is what happens when we put these people on peddlestools. He's just a basketball player not a God. Judge not lest ye be judged with the same measure that you judge.
Christina

United States

#17 Oct 13, 2006
Stick with the Pacers!!
Giveing up Mike

New York, NY

#18 Oct 13, 2006
I am done with the Pacers! I am 30 years old and been a huge fan all my life, but now our home team, the team we watch,cheer and spend our hard earned money on are now a bunch of strip club hoppin, shoot'em up thugs. I wonder if Detroit is looking for new fans.
Mike

Cupertino, CA

#19 Oct 13, 2006
The fingerpointing and name calling needs to stop. The city is not showing much class at this point and is not in a position to judge. Jack is human. He made a mistake. He understands that These guys are in their 20's. They may be veterans on the court, but not necessarily veterans in live. They are learning. We are learning. Lets show some real class here and help Jack get back on his feet. He needs us right now.
Brendon

United States

#20 Oct 13, 2006
The pacers again this year dont know what to expect. Jackson can sit out half-a-season and it's not going to affect pacer fans. We have already been through the worst of it, let's have the young guys and new faces bring us together again.
Paul

Brookville, IN

#21 Oct 13, 2006
I am extremely disappointed in team officials and coaches for not taking a stand on the Jackson situation. They should come out in public and announce to the fans that they will not tolerate this and that he is suspended. Coach Carlisle should never play him again. He had his second chance and he blew it.
fhs

Florence, AL

#22 Oct 13, 2006
i seen him shooting dwn there in Auburn when the played lsu we was at a party and he go to shooting a "groves"

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