Skip to comments.NBA suspends Metta World Peace 7 games
Posted on 04/25/2012 12:50:21 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd
EL SEGUNDO, Calif. Metta World Peace harmed much more than his own tattered reputation when he viciously elbowed Oklahoma Citys James Harden in the head.
The Los Angeles Lakers troublemaker also deprived his team of his services as their starting small forward and defensive stopper for at least six playoff games while he serves his 10th suspension in the past decade.
The NBA suspended World Peace for seven games on Tuesday for the inexplicable blow that gave Harden a concussion, keeping the former Ron Artest sidelined for most of the first postseason round.
World Peace was ejected from Sundays game against the Thunder for striking Oklahoma Citys top reserve. He claimed the blow was an accidental, overzealous celebration of a dunk, yet even Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammates werent defending his inexplicable actions.
Its hard to get into a guys head and know exactly what happened in that situation, Bryant said. I havent really spoken to him about it. Youve really got to ask him.
World Peace will miss the Lakers season finale on Thursday at Sacramento and the Lakers next six games. The playoffs open Saturday, and Los Angeles is likely to be the Western Conferences third seed and Oklahoma City is locked into the No. 2 seed, meaning the clubs could meet right after World Peaces suspension ends in the second round.
He will lose nearly $348,000 in salary if he serves the entire suspension this year.
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A criminal Battery indictment would have been more appropriate.
After 10 previous career suspensions...
And now totally uncalled for ON-COURT VIOLENCE....
...That would get any reasonable person ARRESTED AND JAILED FOR AGGRAVATED BATTERY...
At what point does the NBA re-visit the league's "banned-from-the-game" paradigm??
He's a great physical player but doesn't have the maturity or temperament to control himself, so therefore he's an overall detriment to the team. I guess the Lakers are about to find that out the hard way.
I think he was off his meds for day.
< The Los Angeles Lakers troublemaker >
Is that a position?
Would this qualify as “workplace violence”?
Try and imagine if Whirled Peas were white and beat down a black man like that.
OMG - the race riots would be intense!
But - its another instance of black on black crime so...
No big deal.
They kept it 7 games because they wanted the Lakers in the second round. LA is one of the top three markets, so it is all about the money.
That photo doesn’t show the story in my opinion. If you look at the video you see him pounding his chest - I’m the king of the hill, nothing can stop me, nothing can get in my way. That’s the way I would read it.
I don’t think the elbow to the head was deliberate per se, but rather he showed complete disregard for anything around him - he was in a frighteningly dangerous state.
Kermit Washington landing a cheap shot on Rudy Tomjanovich.
World Peace must think he is playing Hockey.
Oklahoma City has a NBA team?
What a joke. David Stern is the worst commissioner in any league. He essentially ruined the Indiana Pacers for 5 years and took them out of clear contention for the NBA title when Artest started (or arguably provoked) the brawl at the Palace. A much more brutal act against Harden gets him a seat for the first round—not 67 games. Why? Because the Lakers matter for the media package. Small market teams don’t. You NEVER see this in the NFL, where small market teams routinely play for and win it all.
I’m so done with the NBA.
Really, he pounded his chest multiple times with his right hand, never borught up his left until the elbow, never brought his left to his chest. It was deliberate. If you slow it down, you can see him shoot a stare at Harden.
If the elbow wasn’t deliberate it’s only because Artest is so egotistical that he couldn’t be bothered to notice the guy walking up to and past him and TOUCHING him before he swung his elbow. It was either a willful level of ignorance or deliberate, and given the frequency of his suspensions deliberate seems likely.
Ron Artest became Metta World Peace and then goes on to prove that he should have changed his name to Metta World War :)
RE: Oklahoma City has a NBA team?
Absolutely, and a damn Good one too !!]
They might even WIN the championship this year ( they have the second best win-lose record this season ).
Hold on, I don’t follow major league sports but Metta World Peace was Ron Artest, seriously?
The truth is much stranger than fiction.
Considering Artest’s track record in the NBA, he should have been permanently expelled from the NBA.
What does it say about the NBA, its fans, or the media covering the league that this individual has received 5, 10 or even 20 times the coverage of a Tim Duncan?
Yep. Better than the Fakers.
The Thunder is the 2nd best team in the NBA.
Right behind my hometown Spurs!
~Go Spurs Go!~
I won’t/can’t argue if it was deliberate or not. He was acting as a dangerous “Thug”.
He should be out of the NBA, but I’ve heard several commentators say that the commissioner won’t do it because of the Player’s Union - they would not allow that to stand.
If I were a player (no chance in $%#&), would I want to play against (or with for that matter) a Thug like that?
Visualize Ron Artest.
I can see why Ron Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace.
Can you imagine the shame and humiliation he had to endure for years going through life with a white boy’s name?
Hard to live up to your bad-a$$ punk reputation with a name that sounds more like it belongs to a middle class white suburban insurance agent from Plano, TX.
Stern won’t do it because he’s a sissy. If the PA objected he could just tell them to go explain it to Harden who’s still out with the concussion he got.
As a football fan I always have to scoff at the “discipline” of other leagues. In the NFL there are 5 suspensions you’ll generally see: 1 game (remember they have a 16 game season), 2 games, 1/4 season, half season, and whole season. If you work the math an NBA game in a normals season is 1/5 as much of the season as an NFL game, yet NBA players usually get suspended for 2 to 4 games, not even 1 NFL games equivalent. This 7 games for Artest is about a game and a half. A post whistle shot like that in the NFL is a 4 gamer minimum, 1/4 of the season. At least the NHL finally got one right when they suspended Raffi Torres for 25 games (functionally the rest of the playoffs even if the Yotes go all the way to the Cup). And don’t even get me started on MLB where pitchers get “suspended” for fewer games than the rotation.
Bingo. I saw the replay several times with a neighbor who refs HS and college basketball games said the same thing. No mas NBA for artest, period - end of conversation.
This is why they call it thug-ball.
Agreed but given the NBA's need to avoid too much effect upon the play-offs, a more fair ruling would be AT LEAST 7 games AFTER his victim is medically cleared to play again. That would divide it between reimbursement and putative punishment.
7 games? I can do that standing on my head! Pathetic...
LOL! Shows you how in tune I am with pro basketball.
Metta World Peace elbows James Harden!: Thunder @ Lakers
Go Spurs! Go Rangers!
“Try and imagine if Whirled Peas were white and beat down a black man like that.”
You mean like the riots that occurred when Marty McSorley (white guy) slammed a hockey stick on Donald Brashear’s (black guy) head during a hockey game?
Ya know, I would definitely want to play against him. A few hip checks, and maybe a “blocking” foul when he is in the air might change his perspective.