You might think that Metta World Peace would have learned his lesson with the seven-game suspension for delivering an elbow to Oklahoma City Thunder sixth man James Harden. However, this is the same old Ron Artest, and on an interview with Conan O'Brien, he claimed that Harden runs into people's elbows all the time.
To remind you of the elbow, Metta World Peace had just scored and was celebrating. Harden made his way behind him and then, after Peace clearly felt someone behind him, he swing a hard, vicious elbow into the head of Harden, delivering a concussion to the Thunder player. After watching the replays, the officials ejected Peace from the game and Harden also left with the concussion.
Watching the replay, it sure looked like Metta World Peace knew what he was doing and the elbow was blatant enough that it warranted a seven-game suspension for the Los Angeles Lakers bad boy. However, Peace continues to defend himself and took to the late night talk show to talk even more.
Metta World Peace said he never bothered to call Harden to see if he was alright and instead called a third party to check on his status. He said he wanted to make sure Harden was OK but had no intention of reaching out to the player himself. Then he dropped the bomb about Harden apparently seeking out elbows, claiming he also did it against New York Knicks' center Tyson Chandler.
The fact that Ron Artest delivered that vicious elbow and the NBA believed it malicious enough to suspend him tells me there was clear intent. The fact that he then blamed Harden for allegedly seeking the hard fouls, and possible injuries, is ludicrous. Peace is seeking attention and has no conscious when it comes to injuring other players.
Less than a week away, there is a pretty good chance that the Oklahoma City Thunder and Los Angeles Lakers will meet again on the court in the postseason. We'll see how Metta World Peace plays in those games. I'd say he better watch himself because he just put a bullseye on his chest as far as the officials are concerned.
Author Shawn S. Lealos has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma (2000) and is an avid sports fan that has lived in Oklahoma for over 40 years. He used to religiously follow the Dallas Mavericks until Oklahoma City found a team to call their own.