On the way home from work tonight, I heard a hilarious call on JMV's show about a Pacer player's poor behavior during a flight to Vegas. The caller starts out with the normal whining about the Pacers and why they've lost popularity locally. Then he gives his example of a player who sat behind him on a flight to Vegas. This player was a guy he thought most would consider a "good guy" Pacer. First of all, I don't know exactly what that means, but my first thought was, Danny Granger. So, then the guy rattles off some complaints:
- Talking loud and dropping some F-bombs
- Expecting change for a C-note after buying a drink
- Bragging about the $400 dollar bottles of champagne he was going to buy in Vegas
- And...wait, that's it
So, now I'm figuring this guy had to be the inspiration for Ned Flanders. I mean, you're heading to Vegas and someone's talking a big game, throwing around cash, and having a few pops? Shocking! The bar has been set for unruly passengers. Unless someone takes a schtook on the beverage cart I don't want to hear about it.
Actually, I found this to be good news, since I am always looking for the positive spin in any Pacer story. This is just another sign that the Pacers are continually working their way toward better behavior. Follow me, here.
- First, we have the Pacers engaging an arena full of fans in a fight.
- Then we have a few Pacers involved in a fracas outside a strip club, one of whom squeezed off a few rounds of gunfire. Fewer players involved and not taking on as many people - not a big improvement, but a step in the right direction.
- Next we have a couple of Pacers involved in punching a club manager during a bar fight. Hey, no firearms, fewer people involved, now we're making progress.
- Which leads us to Foster's alleged boisterous behavior on a flight to Vegas. No punches, no flipping over a car, no trial date, no problem.
If anyone can confirm or deny this story, I'd love to hear it (especially if you've got the goods on Flanders).
[UPDATE: The Pacers sent JMV a response from Foster today in which he denies all accusations. Doesn't deny he was on the flight to Vegas, but denies the described behavior.]