Here's a couple of good perspectives on the Tinsley situation and the Pacers subsequent reaction. First, Bob Kravitz takes a measured assessment of the situation. He joins me in disclaiming his opinion should new information emerge, which is the only way to go with these evolving stories.
Peter Vecsey paints a vivid picture of how the night went down for Jamaal. I keep forgetting who is the dummy and who is the ventriloquist in the Donnie Walsh/Peter Vecsey relationship but suffice it to say, this is probably the story that the Pacers based their decisions on.
Informed a fight had occurred there earlier, Tinsley's group decided to leave almost immediately. Three males hovered near Jamaal's recognizable Rolls-Royce. They insisted on partying with him; wherever Tinsley was headed, they demanded to accompany him. Ticked at being told he was going home, they issued this menacing message: "We're going to party with you whether you like it or not."
Words you don't hear in the bible were then exchanged right about the time a truck packing backup muscle and an assault weapon arrived. The 100 mph chase was on. Tinsley's three-car caravan of chrome could not shake the posse.
Rather than keep trying to get home, Tinsley's group headed to the Conrad Hotel, the city's priciest, most lit-up lodge, where there figured to be security on tap. At once the parking lot turned into a firing range, shots sprayed everywhere.