Russell Westbrook caught some heat for confronting a Jazz fan after being eliminated from the first round of the NBA playoffs, but it was nothing compared to what Rockets guard Vernon ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell did one night in Portland in 1995.
For those that aren’t familiar with Maxwell, he was a key contributor during the Rockets back-to-back title run, but he was also basically Dennis Rodman with a jumper. On February 6, 1995, during the third quarter on the road in Portland, Maxwell had heard enough from heckler Steve George and charged eight rows into the stands to punch him directly in the face.
Maxwell was tossed, but shockingly was only suspended 10 games by then commissioner David Stern(!). Until the last several days when this video started circulating through a Reddit forum, it was thought no video of the incident existed. Thank you internet.
Considering the punishment that would later being dished out for ‘The Malice in the Palace,’ Maxwell only getting 10 games is a stunner. It was a different time in the NBA in 1995. If this happened today with Twitter circulating it, he would be banned for life.
Watch Mad Max absolutely lose his sh–.
vernon “mad max” maxwell
position: shooting guard shoots: right
real one: yessir pic.twitter.com/OxB0KNVyiB
— Calhoun (@linkcalhoun) April 28, 2018