If you follow the NBA, then unless you're a hermit, you must have heard about the recent incident involving the LA Lakers Metta World Peace, and James Harden of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
When the two teams met last Sunday, World Peace elbowed Harden in the head in the dying minutes of the second quarter. World Peace claimed to be celebrating a dunk at the The Staples Centre. The incident happened fairly quickly, but in the replay, it became apparent just how disgraceful the attack on Harden really was.
World Peace claimed that he didn't realise Harden was there when he swung his elbow wildly into the side of Hardens head. Harden left the floor and was unable to return to the game after failing a second concussion test.
World Peace was ejected from the arena on the night with a flagrant 2 foul called against him, and now the NBA have announced that he will serve a 7 game suspension for the offence.
Formerly known as Ron Artest, World Peace changed his name earlier in the season; a fact that has back-fired after this event with comments that he seems to stand for anything but World Peace. Artest is known as a troublemaker, having famously started a brawl in the crowd at Detroit, when his then team, the Pacers, took on the Pistons in 2004.
This latest incident has reaffirmed how much of a firecracker he can be, and as he serves his 10th suspension in as many years, he ensures that his entire team will have to suffer his absence as they head into the first round of the play-offs.
If World Peace serves the full, unpaid suspension, he will miss the Lakers final game of the regular season against Sacramento, and then he will sit out the first 6 games of the play-offs, missing out on $348,000 in wages.
In a statement from NBA Commissioner David Stern, when announcing the penalty for World Peace, he said ''The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area...We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.''