Again I rely on my completely vague memories to conjure up phantoms that might or might not exist:
Hadn't Tony's patience (around about that time) been severely tested by some moaning about his innocent (because it was all comics related) practice of putting a link here to his own blog? I reckon that might have been a team kill, rather than a Lawson solo.
I think you're conflating two different things.
There were a few people complaining about Tony's updates, claiming they were spam. Some, myself included, disagreed.
Either way it lead to Tony attempting to hang out a bit more than just posting his updates.
At some point later Lawson and forgive me but I don't recall the context or the argument. But Lawson proved Tony to have been wrong on some point. The hi-jinks then ensued. Lawson even admitted he might have over did the victory celebration, others argued that Tony may have brought it on himself by his own actions in the past.
Either way one less pro who bothers to hang out here.
I used to think it was a shame more pros don't hang out. Whether it be egos too fragile to withstand disagreement or a very real concern of wasting time and effort arguing with some idiot who is just baiting you, I think i now understand completely why they don't hang out here after having been caught up in any number of stupid fights myself. So, I think it's probably for the best.