Artest has apologized for the brawl and told People magazine he believes most of the fans are great but that one-tenth of them are "jerks." He also said his season-ending suspension was too harsh. The NBA players' union filed an appeal today on behalf of Artest and other players suspended in the brawl.
Prosecutors say police are reviewing tapes of the incident, enhanced digital photos and interviewing witnesses, but no charges are imminent. In addition to Green, they said they believe they are close to identifying another fan who threw a folding chair into the stands, knocking out another fan. Police today released a copy of a videotape showing the person they suspect is responsible for the chair-throwing incident.
Investigators say the case is more difficult to analyze than some murder cases because there were hundreds of witnesses and and dozens of potential suspects to identify and interview. Prosecutors said it could be weeks before they file any criminal charges.