After Metta Worl’d Peace’s hard elbow to the face of Oklahoma City’s James Harden, Metta was ejected from the game and then suspended for seven games. He’s now apologized for this hit saying even he was shocked when he saw the video:
“It was a brutal elbow,” World Peace said. “When I seen it, I was like, ‘Ugh,’ immediately.”
Whatever the intent, the result is that Peace’s past came back to haunt him. Everyone tends to see Ron Artest, not Metta World Peace so the seven game suspension is really not a surprise.
Metta —- betta get it together. He’s on a short leash, and he seems to know this.
“I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization,” World Peace wrote on ronartest.com. “I look foward (sic) to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers’ fans.”
He went on to talk about the incident:
“It was bad timing for me and then, physically, it was bad timing for Mr. Harden,” World Peace said after practice was over. “Who can write up a left-hand dunk and then all of the sudden somebody is right behind you? It’s hard to draw that up and to plan something like that. It was just the worst timing for me.”
The Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak didn’t back Metta World Peace, but it doesn’t look like they’ll be getting rid of Peace either.
“His most recent lapse in judgment is not to be condoned or accepted,” Kupchak said after praising World Peace as largely a model citizen with the Lakers. “His actions could have seriously injured another player, and his absence during this suspension will hurt our team as well,” Kupchak added. “While we accept the league’s decision, we will be supportive of Metta and try to help him be more professional on the court.”
Metta World Peace holds to his story that he didn’t intend to hit Harden:
“Kevin had no chance,” World Peace said. “Bumped him out of the way, went up, dunked and at that point, I was just way too emotional. It seemed like anger but it was a lot of passion involved. But it was erratic. It was erratic fire, it was erratic passion. It was way too much. Way too much …It definitely wasn’t meant to hit him how I hit him. That’s the best way I could describe those sequence of plays and the erratic passion.”
I really hope that’s true because with a name like ‘Metta World Peace’ he probably shouldn’t be the center of chaos.
Let’s give Peace a chance.