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In Motion, At RestThe Event of the Athletic Body$
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Grant Farred

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780816650231

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816650231.001.0001

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Ron Artest

Ron Artest

The Black Body at Rest (Alain Badiou)

Chapter:
(p.25) 1 Ron Artest
Source:
In Motion, At Rest
Author(s):

Grant Farred

Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:10.5749/minnesota/9780816650231.003.0002

Ron Artest commits a flagrant foul in an NBA game between the Indiana Pacers and the Detroit Pistons; after this incident, Artest chooses to lie supine on the scorer’s table, “provoking” (mainly white) fans to hurl invectives and beer cups in his direction; in response to this, Artest and some of his teammates go into the stands to attack the offending fans. Artest is suspended for a record number of games and fined a record amount by the NBA. Using Alain Badiou’s work on the event, this chapter demonstrates the ways in which the event of Artest extends beyond him, drawing in other figures, most notably, Rosa Parkes, Jackie Robinson and Emmett Till.

Keywords:   The event, The Sports Event, Philosophy and the Sports Event, Ron Artest, Eric Cantona, Zinedine Zidane, Alain Badiou, Gilles Deleuze, Jacques Derrida

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