Troubled LA Laker star Metta World Peace must have thought he was in a nightclub during the Thunder vs Lakers game at the Staples Center on Sunday.
World Peace, the player formerly known as Ron Artest, was celebrating after a slam dunk when he ran into Thunder guard James Harden. World Peace suddenly threw a vicious left elbow at Harden’s head, sending him sprawling to the floor. World Peace was immediately ejected from the game and charged with a flagrant 2 foul, which carries an automatic suspension.
The 32-year-old Lakers small forward told the refs that he didn’t see Harden when he threw his elbow.
Harden was shaken up after the hard foul and taken back to the locker room. He returned to the court after halftime, but was sent back to the locker room for the remainder of the game after complaining of a headache.
It will be up to the NBA commissioner to decide how many games World Peace will sit out for, with the playoffs beginning next week.
Metta has spoken at length about his mental issues growing up. He has donated over $600,000 to mental health awareness causes. But his continued clashes with players and coaches signals a player whose mental issues are out of control.
He has become a serious liability to the league. Nobody is safe with World Peace on the court — not the players or the fans.
Metta’s first name is a traditional Buddhist word that means loving kindness and friendliness towards all.
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