Turns out the the whole thing was entirely overblown. Marv and 50 never had any sort of violent interaction and, from what FanHouse has learned, and which the AP is now reporting, it was all a giant misunderstanding.
The new and more accurate account of what happened goes like this: one of Fitty's boys was using a dressing room, (which as we understand it, was Albert's) to make a phone call. Marv showed up shortly thereafter and because Marv is Marv, Kimmel's security asked the entourage member to leave. What resulted was a "don't put your hands on me" awkward security situation, and apparently nothing involving the NBA announcer.
"I couldn't even tell you what the guy looked like or the security guard looked like," Albert said.See, this makes a lot more sense; there's really no reason to believe (as I wrote originally) that 50 Cent and his crew would find Marv Albert (Marv!) to be a danger. Unfortunately, it was reported that way.
Albert said he even read one account that he was punched by 50 Cent, who was the show's musical guest, but insisted they never crossed paths
"They embellish. It keeps getting embellished more than anything else," Albert said. "What do you say, it's just wrong."
Now if Albert was worried about his reputation this might be considered a public relations nightmare. Fortunately -- and feel free to correct me if I'm wrong here -- I think we're at the point where we don't consider Albert anything other than a superb NBA announcer with one of the greatest catchphrases of all time.
He's also a guy who has no beef with a rapper. But that should have been obvious.