Why did Ron Artest leave the game early?

(Punch line is coming.) I’m very excited to have been given club seats and a parking pass to tonight’s Atlanta Hawks vs. Indiana Pacers game. As a Pacers fan, I’d wish the players would have had more restraint so I could see an undepleted Pacers squad out there instead of a team sliding downhill fast, hanging on for dear life until they get 2 of their starters back and try to salvage a playoff spot.

For those of you just here for the joke, the answer is, “So he could beat the crowd.”