From the descriptions I’ve been reading, it sounds like the NBA All-Star Weekend in Vegas was able to combine all the best elements of Spring Break and prison. Local press have been lauding the event as a huge success, but disturbing reports detailing the chaos have slowly, but surely, been leaking out. Rowdy revelers held the city hostage, with many (especially cab drivers) relating tales of shootings and scuffles.
“It was filled with an element of violence,” Teresa Frey, general manager for Coco’s restaurant, told klastv.com. “They don’t want to pay their bills. They don’t want to respect us or each other.” Things got so bad that she closed the 24-hour restaurant from 2 a.m. to 4 a.m. “I have been spit on. I have had food thrown at me,” she said. “I have lost two servers out of fear. I have locked my door out of the fear of violence.”
But it wasn’t just the common folk out misbehaving. Celebrities were just as out of control, according to AOL’s Jason Whitlock:
And the police might want to talk to NFL player Pacman Jones about a nasty shooting spree at a Vegas strip club. Jones and the rapper Nelly were allegedly at Minxx Gentlemen’s Club Monday morning shortly before (or during) the shooting.
Apparently there’s been talk of holding next year’s NBA All-Star Weekend in New Orleans next year. You know, cause Katrina didn’t quite finish the job.