Certain sports events trigger the mind to remember exactly where we were when they occurred. One that falls into that category is the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons “Malice at the Palace” brawl that broke out in 2004. Ron Artest and Ben Wallace got into it on the court, and things leaked into the crowd after that, causing absolute chaos in a scene previously unseen at an NBA arena ever before.

Artest (now Metta World Peace) has recounted the event publicly in the past on a couple of occasions, and on Thursday, a piece was released detailing another angle that Artest went through following the incident as a member of the Pacers.

Via Anthony Olivieri of ESPN, the former Pacers forward dealt with serious depression and had panic attacks just getting back on the court following the Malice at the Palace.

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“I worked out from November until the playoffs. And then beyond the playoffs, in the summertime, I started to get depressed. And then the season’s coming back, then I started to panic a little bit when that season came back. So, then that’s when I requested the trade (from Pacers). I was like, I just need to get out of here. Then, I really went into depression. I went from 248 to 273 [pounds] when I got to Sacramento [where I was traded]. When I went back after the suspension, I was more worried about what was going to happen in the arena. You’re worried about if somebody is going to test you. Somebody [could] throw something at you. I was just super-panicked, but I had a support system. I still had my therapist.” – Artest via ESPN.

While World Peace’s career fizzled initially after his trade from the Pacers, he hopped around to a couple more teams before thriving in Los Angeles with the Lakers while being a key contributor to their title team in 2010. He has stayed true to the Lakers with is support even after his playing days.

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Artest also noted that he was getting therapy before the Pacers – Pistons brawl and that he believes mental health procedures and outlets should be implemented even more in basketball today.