There were a bunch of people right above where the Pacers were going out. And there was this one young woman who was very nicely dressed in the midst of it. I remember thinking, Oh, this poor woman. In the midst of this mob mentality, I hope she's going to be OK. And as I'm saying that in my head, she pulls out a bottle, a full water bottle, and throws it at point-blank range at the Pacers going off the floor.
This oral history of the Malice at the Palace says ESPN got slammed for taking the players' side, but after all these years it made me more sympathetic to the athletes and less to the fans.