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A hot-tempered basketball star is accused of killing one of his hecklers. The investigation and trial, however, reveal that the heckler's pattern of harassment may have crossed the line of decency on several occasions.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Fontana
... Ed Green
... Anita Van Buren
... Jack McCoy
... Alexandra Borgia
... Arthur Branch
... Leon Chiles
... Silas Inwood
... Reggie Uggams
... Dr. Elizabeth Rodgers
... Basketball Commissioner
Charlotte Colavin ... Judge Lisa Pongracic (as Charlotte Ortiz Colavin)
... Detective Mariluz Rivera
... Assistant M.E.
William Charles Mitchell ... Coach Dyer


When a man is murdered. Initially they suspect his landlord who's trying to get the man to move out of his rent controlled apartment. They eventually learn that the man is a basketball fanatic who's suing the star player of a rival team. And that he is constantly heckling the man. Eventually they match his fingerprint to what was found at the crime scene. But when his attorney has it suppressed cause h is fingerprint was not suppose to be in the system. That's when McCoy and Borgia find another to get him. That's when he asserts that the man was harassing the player. Written by

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16 February 2005 (USA)  »

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The subplot involving a brawl between basketball players and fans was inspired by a real-life incident which involved the Indiana Pacers, the Detroit Pistons, and several Pistons fans on 19 November 2004. See more »


References Queer Eye (2003) See more »

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His jersey became the number-one sports memorabilia item overnight
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A tenant forgot, as usual, his own laundry in the washing machine placed in the condo basement. A neighbor took it to his apartment, realizing he was killed. The cause of death was strangulation and a kitchen knife was found beside his body. The victim had neither friends nor relatives and his boss (he worked in an accountant firm) described him as a hopeless man with no interests apart from basketball. He used to gamble and he recently sued a professional basketball player (Poncho Hodges): there was a footage that showed him throwing beer to the player, receiving a punch as a result. This pro became the target of the man, who harrassed him everytime he took NY soil (he played for Philadelfia); once the fan went even to Philly to insult him. The pro had a bad temper (he beat even his coach in the past) and fingerprints were found at the crime scene. The only thing he could claim at trial was self-defense. Is he going to make it?

This episode reminds me the early nineties movie "The Fan" in which De Niro became obsessed by a ballplayer. There are people whose life is meaningless who had nothing to do apart from taking their frustration out to someone else.

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