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Pistons Fan Is Arrested

Thursday, April 28, 2005; Page D10

A Pistons fan was charged yesterday with throwing an object onto the court after 76ers G Allen Iverson was struck with a coin during a playoff game.

Iverson was hit Tuesday night during the Pistons' 99-84 victory while he sat on the 76ers' bench with about two minutes left in the game, Auburn Hills (Mich.) police Sgt. Rick Leonard said in a statement.

Dennis W. Pauley, 31, was charged with throwing an object onto a playing surface, and both he and Michael A. Roberts, 26, were charged with occupying a seat without a proper ticket. They could be sentenced to 90 days in jail and fined $500.

The situation didn't escalate into a confrontation on the scale of the Nov. 19 brawl involving Pistons fans and Pacers players.

"The Palace staff and security acted quickly to isolate the section where the quarter was thrown from," Lt. James Manning said in a statement. "We are pleased that the basketball players and fans remained calm throughout the incident."

Pauley was arrested Tuesday night, but later released pending a review.

"I want to apologize to the public for what I've done," he said yesterday.

• CAVALIER HONORED: Cavaliers G Eric Snow was named the winner of this year's Citizenship Award, honoring an NBA player or coach for outstanding service to the community.

It's the second career honor for Snow, who in 2000 won the league's Sportsmanship Award.

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