Charges have now been filed on five of the Indiana Pacers players. Ron Artest, Stephen Jackson, Anthony Johnson, and David Harrison have all been charged with assault and battery, misdemeanors that will likely give the players minor fines assuming that they all have clean records. Five fans have also been charged for assault and battery. One fan, who threw a chair during the fight, has been charged with a felony and could face a few years in prison due to his other convictions.
I think the charges are fitting for what happened, however I don't think that anybody is too worried about having a misdemeanor on their record. Many of these guys in the NBA grew up a step away from prison and probably have been involved with the police before. When "applying" for a job in the NBA, i'm pretty sure if your resume says you have a couple misdemeanors, but you average a triple double...you'll probably still get a contract.