WHO gives a hoot? Why does he think this is bad? Why did the NBA go so soft IMO.
The NBA has made their decision, and Metta World Peace will be suspended for seven games. This will have a major impact on the Los Angeles Lakers as they enter the playoffs, since Metta represents one of their key veteran defenders.
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace (Ron Artest) decked Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden with an elbow and was ejected with a Flagrant Foul 2:
~ I am incensed at Artest. He has had anger management issues that follows him form team to team. He changed the class of my Chicago Bulls. The reason I am mad are his tweets do not reflect the ‘Truth’. Here is a close-up. How on earth with his reputation and this close up, say it was ‘the heat of the moment’, an accident?!
Metta WorldPeace @MettaWorldPeace
I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad
~ Ya think? BS!
Metta WorldPeace @MettaWorldPeace
Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…
~ Oh PLEASE SPARE Me!
Yes, Ron Artest. Because no guy with the last name World Peace could ever throw such a cheapshot elbow like this: Twitter reacted… World Peace defended himself… World Peace must have had a very serious conversation with Ron Artest in the locker room after the incident. P.S. In all seriousness, Artest must be even crazier than we all suspect if he thinks we’re going to believe that this… …was an accident.
I also don’t care for this misinterpretation of what happened: As he began bounding back up the court after that dunk, Peace pounded his chest emphatically with his right fist. James Harden of the Thunder, meanwhile, was just getting back toward the basket and bumped into Peace. Although he didn’t appear to be looking at Harden, Peace managed to land a swinging elbow to his head, dropping the Thunder star. Seemingly unaware — or, even worse, unconcerned — of the shot, Peace continued beating his chest as he moved toward his defensive end.
One last time with a different perspective:
Oklahoma Thunder guard James Harden writhes in pain after taking an elbow from Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta WorldPeace, an act that — combined with several NHL playoff suspensions — has many asking: Should pro-sports violence be immune from criminal prosecution?
This type of behavior is why I was no longer a B-Ball fan. It began with Rodman and JUST got worse:
Look he had no choice to change his name being he is a thug with a criminal record. Ron Artest was arrested in March 2007 and charged with domestic violence after police responded to a 911 from his wife. The following Official Record of Ron Artest is being redistributed by Mugshots.com under the Freedom of Information Act. This Official Record was collected from a Law Enforcement agency on 5/25/2011. Mugshots.com ID: 1351456.
You beat a woman, you have no problem beating down a fellow player. March 6, 2007: SACRAMENTO, Calif. ~ Sacramento Kings forward Ron Artest was arrested Monday and excused indefinitely from the team after a woman said he shoved her to the floor inside his home and prevented her from calling 911. His reputation is proof IMO that he deliberately attacked James Harden and should be arrested NOT JUST suspended with a fine.
“Law enforcement generally defers to the league and believes the leagues can handle these incidents internally through fines and suspensions.”
- Gabriel Feldman, Tulane University’s Sports Law Program
Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is no more likely to face criminal charges for a vicious elbow to an opponent’s head than the throng of NHL players who have dished out a spate of concussions in the ongoing league playoffs, legal experts told FoxNews.com.
Eleanor Odom, senior assistant district attorney in Cobb County, Ga., told FoxNews.com that any successful prosecution against World Peace would likely begin with a complaint from Harden. Even then, proving criminal intent on the part of World Peace would be a big hurdle for prosecutors, given that it happened on the hardwood and not on the street.
Robert Tuchman, a sports business expert and president of Skylight Entertainment, told FoxNews.com he expects World Peace to be suspended up to 15 games.
“Given Artest’s past and the blatant display of violence he perpetrated in this incident, I believe the NBA is going to step in and give him a much more significant suspension than if it was someone else who committed the foul,” Tuchman wrote in an email.
Highlights of Artest and his antics:
On the Bulls…
* Artest admitted that he had led a “wild” lifestyle as a young player, and that he drank Hennessy cognac in the locker room at halftime when he was playing for the Chicago Bulls
* During his rookie season in Chicago, he was criticized for applying for a job at Circuit City in order to get an employee discount.
* He once attended a practice with the Indiana Pacers in a bath robe.
* Artest was suspended for three games in 2003 for destroying a TV camera at Madison Square Garden, and for four games the same year for a confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.
As a Pacer:
* He was also suspended for two games in the early 2004–05 season by Pacers coach Rick Carlisle after he allegedly asked for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album for the group Allure on his production label.
* Any B-Ball fan will remember “Malice At The Palace”.
According to a Pistons official present at the November 19, 2004 game, Artest made a crude five-word suggestion to Wallace in the midst of a scrum at the game’s conclusion. The fracas quickly got out of control when a Detroit fan threw a drink at Artest, who responded by jumping into the crowd with his fists flying
On November 21, the NBA suspended Artest for the rest of the regular season, plus any playoff games. All told, Artest missed 86 games (73 regular season games plus 13 playoff games), the longest suspension for an on-court incident in NBA history.
* According to a Placer County report obtained by the Sacramento Bee, on January 30, 2007, Animal Services officers issued a “pre-seizure” notice to Artest, on the suspicion that a dog at his home in Loomis was not getting adequate food. On February 5, officers returned and seized Socks, a female Great Dane, removing her into protective custody with a local veterinarian. The seizure cited a law that requires animal caretakers to “provide proper sustenance.”
Early in the 2005–06 season, Artest requested a trade from the Indiana Pacers and was put on the team’s inactive roster.
~ So I say Artest, pack your bags & go on a much needed trip to Sivananda Ashram, Rishikesh Ashram. Quit yanking our chain with your lonng history of attitude and Get Gone! ~ JP
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