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Metta World Peace: (Oxy)Moron?

 

While this weekend was an exciting one for fans of high school proms, Keeneland, and Nerlens Noel (I like two of those things), it was a dangerous one for Oklahoma City’s James Harden.  Harden, who made the mistake of bumping into the player formerly known as Ron Artest while setting up for an inbounds play, got knocked the heck out by a celebrating elbow.  Artest, now hilariously and ironically known as Metta World Peace (and you thought Ochocinco was bad), seemed to deliberately strike the soft part of Harden’s neck/head with the least peaceful part of his arm.  Take a look:

That looks pretty intentional to me; the only question now is how long will he be suspended?  The consensus seems to be around 5 games, but some think it should be harsher.  Take Dick Vitale’s opinion, for example:

 

What makes that tweet great is that he directed it right at Magic Johnson AND MWP, making sure they’d each see it.  Why?  Because Dick Vitale is a man, that’s why.  Why the outcry from Vitale?  Maybe the harsher penalty he suggests is based on past performance from Peace.

Those of you who have watched the NBA, or at least followed NBA headlines, for a few years will remember that Peace is the same crucial actor who was involved in the Malice at the Palace almost eight years ago.  Peace, then Ron Artest, ran into the stands and physically assaulted multiple fans with fisticuffs, leading to the longest NBA suspension in league history at 86 games.  They let him back into the league, of course, because talented athletes shouldn’t have to face legitimate legal consequences for their actions unless they’re caught dogfighting.

And now people are acting shocked when he assaults a player?  Poppycock.  I say get him out of the league for good.  Not just for this elbow, which in a vacuum merits about the five-game suspension that everyone is suggesting.  If it was a clean record-holder that threw it, like if the roles were reversed and Harden was the perpetrator, then that punishment seems fair.  For MWP, though?  This was just the most recent of a chain of visibly violent behavior, and further evidence that the man cannot be trusted to act in a safe manner on the court.

ESPN.com’s Kevin Arnovitz says that Metta’s history “is inadmissible evidence.”  I think that’s garbage.  How can the league not take repeat offenses into consideration when formulating a punishment for one of its most visible players?  Even Kentucky law recognizes that the penalty for perennial offenders in some criminal activity (like a DUI) should be stricter than the punishment for a first-time offender.  Why should the NBA be any different?  And if the suspension isn’t any more than five games, and Harden sits out for more than that with “concussion-like symptoms,” Peace’s elbow could almost be seen as a strategic device employed to help the Lakers’ chances in the playoffs–trade one of your less important players for one of their most crucial.

MWP tried to play it off in a post-game locker room conference, claiming the elbow was “unintentional,” and that he hopes Harden “is okay.”  Anybody who watched the video will disagree with his definition of “intentional.”  The man threw a shiv elbow at another player, showed no remorse after certainly feeling the strike, and almost got into a fight with the injured player’s teammate.  I’m a fan of “tough” players, and always enjoyed watching Dennis Rodman, but this goes beyond tough.  This is low down.  This is dirty.  This is not basketball.  Metta World Peace has had his second- and third-chances, and this is the result.  Can we hope that he’ll be any different after a five game suspension?  If insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result, then to expect Peace to change his behavior after a suspension and a name-change is nut-house crazy.  To me, there’s only one solution:

Get this guy out of there.  And don’t let him back in.

Article written by Corey Nichols

93 Comments for Metta World Peace: (Oxy)Moron?



  1. lexslamman
    9:04 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I don’t think this is that big of a deal – this kind of stuff happens all the time.



  2. UKeith26
    9:04 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    play defense like ron artest and then talk to me



  3. Addison
    9:07 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I still like the guy a lot. Good basketball player, has a lot of heart.



  4. BravoBigBlue
    9:12 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    1, 2, and 3 – The guy is a nut job, plain and simple. He will be in prison or dead before he reaches 50. And good riddance IMO.



  5. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    9:12 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Overreacting. Nichols is obviously a Thunder fan. He let his emotions get the best of him. Suspension yes, expulsion from league? No.



  6. King Kelly Coleman
    9:15 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Dude is a thug and is part of what gives the NBA a bad image, ban him and get his garbage ass outta the league.



  7. Rockfield,KY
    9:15 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I actually agree. Just because he is a lock down defender, doesn’t mean he should get away with assault repeatedly. The guy has serious anger management issues and this should be the last straw for him. If you want to fight someone, I’m all for it. Just do it like and man and square up face to face. Don’t throw pu$$y elbows when a guy isn’t expecting it.



  8. TurdBag
    9:15 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    4, If that’s what you believe, then that’s fine. From the video, I think it’s unintentional and I’ll stick to believing that. Whether it was or not, I really don’t care. It’s quality entertainment, kind of like a crash in Nascar. People feeling that sympathetic for Harden are ridiculous. Didn’t he run his mouth like a b**** during last year’s playoffs? I’d rather a player like Harden shut up or put his money where his mouth is, like Artest/World Peace.



  9. freethrow
    9:16 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    “”Get this guy out of there. And don’t let him back in.””

    I agree 100%. This guy has been getting away with almost criminal activity for years. This should be “the last straw”. At the very least the Lakers should suspend him for the remainder of the season without pay but that, most likely, isn’t going to happen either.



  10. Jeff Garlin
    9:16 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    He didn’t mean to do it he was celibrating and Harden was in the wrong place. Suspend Harden for not watching where he was going.



  11. Liberal Media
    9:17 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    why was magic called out? just curious?



  12. Muscat
    9:18 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Not a big deal to me. I love this stuff. I want more physical play. Did you watch the Bulls and Heat a couple nights ago? Lots of physical play and technicals…it was great. World Peace is a nut job but suspend him for a couple games and lets move on.



  13. Bob
    9:19 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Artest’s existence in the NBA is the sole reason I refuse to watch NBA. So, yeah, there’ that, and I’m not alone.

    The fanbois above will always be fanbois and incapable of objectivity.



  14. minton
    9:19 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Does anybody really care about the NBA anymore? Thugball.



  15. Justin
    9:20 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    this guy attacked a fan. Numerous elbows to players. drank alcohol between halves. Has a mishapened head and celebrates on dunks blake griffin could do with broken legs. He at least needs to be suspended for a good chunk of the season without pay to make him realize he needs to grow up.



  16. BravoBigBlue
    9:21 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    11 – I’d say because Magic was doing half-time commentary on the game. I don’t remember that Magic took up for Artest though. But maybe he did.



  17. Bob
    9:21 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    11- Magic said this latest action by Artest embarrassed him to be a Laker. Dick V is simply using that statement as a platform to remove this waste of salt from the league, through Magic’s pull.



  18. BravoBigBlue
    9:23 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    11, 17 – That’s right, Magic did make that comment. And good for him.



  19. Bob
    9:23 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I would be interested to see the replies from those above supporting Artest if this was a former KY player he assaulted.



  20. Cassady
    9:28 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Good call 19.



  21. Digger's Tie
    9:33 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I forget people know how to write on this site from time to time. I’m all for playing rough, but Artest should be suspended for the rest of the year. Has he made great strides since he went into the stands and started punching fans? You bet. But a crazy man will always be a crazy man no matter how tight the straight jacket…



  22. cdc_uky
    9:35 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This guy would be in jail if he could not play ball. He is clearly out of control and ignorant.



  23. stud status
    9:35 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Kentucky fans talking about the NBA cracks me up. Stick to your little bubble in the sad southeastern conference and let the big boys handle their own business. Before calipari this program was a joke and it agonizes me how little Kentucky fans know about the NBA.



  24. Troy
    9:38 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well, apparently it’s written into the legal code that you can assault someone as long as you’re playing in a sporting event. Just look at the Xavier Cincinatti game, the guy who hit the dude over the head with a hockey stick from behind, and now this. In fact, murder is even allowed.

    Tell you what. Want to stop this s*** then start taking these ass bags to COURT and filing assault charges. It’s pretty f***ING CLEAR. Dicky V is absolutely right. A criminal act is a criminal act PERIOD !



  25. Conway Twitty
    9:38 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Conway remembers Artest with the Pacers and he was a douche then. No place for that in sports. Of course, Conway thinks fighting in hockey is pretty stupid too.



  26. ShowingYourIgnoranceKnowYourRole
    9:39 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    23, Yes, the Billy G years were a joke, but as a whole UK basketball was a joke before Calipari? The all-time winningest basketball program was a joke? 7 NCs was a joke? Where do you get your information? Do you live in an alternate universe where UofL has won 20 NCs? Shut up, line beard.



  27. UHUH
    9:39 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Elbow was intentional. He had body to body contact so he knew they guy was there. After he felt the impact he didn’t even bother to see what happened with his flying elbow. To think it was unintentional is laughable.



  28. BravoBigBlue
    9:39 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    We just hung banner #8. No one gives a shit what your moronic ass thinks, Artest!



  29. Bob
    9:40 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    23- were you even alive in the 80’s to see Magic and Bird in the finals every year? How about Jordan’s career in Chicago? No? See, some of us can actually remember when the NBA was a “good” league. B/c of this exposure to a superior product, it was easy for those of us with even a modicum of common sense to see the NBA’s hasty slide into irrelevance.

    Pat yourself on the back for supporting bush league ball. I can actually remember the real thing, thanks.



  30. HoorayForCake
    9:41 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Enlighten us “stud” about our ignorance.
    Is it because the NCAA is that much different from the NBA? Because its not.
    Is it because we don’t actually watch the NBA? Because its not.
    Is it because the artist formally know as Ron Artest should get special treatment for assault? Because its not.
    Is it because our “sad” SEC team beat the one you normally care for? Methinks…



  31. TShlew
    9:42 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I’d like to see him pull this crap against Boogie and see what happens.



  32. HoorayForCake
    9:42 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    formerly** by the way.



  33. Guck Foodman
    9:44 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    He should spend 6 months in jail. So yeah, he would miss the playoffs.



  34. studless status
    9:45 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    23 people who hate UK but read this site daily and comment crack me up. In a few more years, the ‘big boys’ handling their business will be mostly former UK players. And since your Cards suck, you won’t be watching any of them in the NBA. lol lol lol



  35. Jenny
    9:46 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This video sums up what so many people dislike about the NBA:

    Since Artest later claimed he was attempting to pound his chest like King Kong, the video shows that to be false. He hits his chest once with his right hand, then the left arm in no way makes a reasonable attempt to pound his chest. He bumped into someone, slugged him with an elbow and didn’t even react when he made solid contact (which he would have if it wasn’t intentional – that’s just a natural human reaction).

    I understand it’s an emotional game, getting close to the playoffs, etc – but the dunk was in the 2nd QUARTER and the Lakers were still behind. King Kong chest pounding may be a bit much….

    Anyone else notice that NO team mate went to Harden’s aid until they had finished woofing with the Lakers? There’s a good 45 seconds to a minute before ANY team mate even checks on him. A couple guys even walk PAST him to go “fight” with Artest. Turrible. I enjoy the NBA (for the most part) and really enjoy the Thunder. It’s guys like Artest who continually undermine how good it can be.



  36. BravoBigBlue
    9:48 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    23 – There are currently 23 former University of Kentucky basketball players in the NBA right now. If you are a lowly Cards fan, you can be prouod to know there are 5 former Cards players in the league. Wow, that’s impressive.



  37. Maxbps8
    9:49 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    1st WHY is everyone using his fake-name and not his REAL name: Ron Artest? His name change seems to be working on most folks. He started and went into the stands at the Malice @ the Palace and SHOULD have been kicked out of the league then. Now? If Ron Artest is not kicked out of the league now, the nba has ZERO cajones! Not even an ounce.
    And someone would should accidentally punch him in the face. How about a boxing match b/n Artest and Iron Mike? i’d pay to see that.



  38. BravoBigBlue
    9:49 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Corection to 36, there are 17 UK players in the league. Got carried away with my anger toward 23, POS.



  39. bmt22033
    9:50 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Holy crap! A Corey Nichols piece that I can agree with! 😉



  40. soundmindsneednotapply
    9:52 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Whatever Nichols and Vitale’s reasons are they are both correct. If this shot had been a little higher or closer to the back of the head and connected directly with the temple or upper spine/brain stem it could have been fatal. Mr. World Peace has serious psychological issues and has proven himself to be unsafe to compete around. It would be in the best interest of the league to ban him for the remainder of the season and review his incident history once the season is over. For the record I have no problem with physical play and used to love watching the 90s Knicks and Heat battle each other. But none of those altercations were cheap shots or sneak attacks.



  41. World B Free
    9:54 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This clown gives guys with crazy names a bad wrap. I haven’t, nor will I ever watch the nba again after this guy was allowed to return after attacking a fan. A disgrace.



  42. Real Cats Fan
    9:56 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    #MettaWorldThug



  43. Maxbps8
    9:56 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Great call #31! Let’s see him try this against Boogie and see what The Man says? He’d be sucking his thumb crying for his mommie while wetting his bed. I actually started to watch a little of this game, b/c there was nothing else on and i thought, “Why not give the nba a chance with all the KentuckY players coming into it maybe it’s actually going to resemble the game of basketball again soon?” Apparently NOT soon enough. Back to irrelevance.



  44. fan101
    10:03 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    This is just another example of the actions of NBA players that keeps me from watching any NBA games. If I had children I would not permit them to watch that sport either. I would be afraid they would ask if it was ok for them to play that way and I wouldn’t have an answer since their seems to be no legal intervention for such an assault and the League will take no permanent actions to put a stop to such violence.



  45. Digger's Tie
    10:11 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Would Boogie probably kick his ass? Yes, but c’mon… this is the last thing we want to see happen to a UK player we love and is finally coming into his own on the court.



  46. Liberal Media
    10:12 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    16,17,18 thanks!



  47. twcornuk
    10:12 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Agree #7



  48. beard_brain
    10:18 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Corey’s opinions make me miss BTI 🙁



  49. UK FAN
    10:26 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone really shock of this behavior after watching him go into the stands and fight fans. The guy is an idiot



  50. REAL BLY
    10:29 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Had that elbow connected with his temple, he’d could have killed him. Ron Artest should be thrown out of the league…..he can go play in Turkey or China and be the circus attraction that he is.

    DUDE HAS HAD ENOUGH CHANCES!!!! THROW HIM OUT!!!!



  51. Terry
    10:34 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I like the last line in this article…Get this guy out of here & don’t let him back in!! Assaulting fans those years ago shoulda been the last straw!!



  52. eloy
    10:36 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Whether he is ‘crazy’ or ‘insane’ or not means nothing – if you knowingly break a law, you deserve the full punishment. Obviously Meta Artest KNOWS that hitting someone else is bad, and if this were somewhere besides an NBA court he would be charged with assault. Vitale is right and so is Corey – get this guy out.

    I’m tired of all this wimpy punishment crap. In hockey someone almost kills a dude or pulls his hair or bites him or whatever and he gets a few game suspension. In NBA this happens and ‘oh it isn’t that big of a deal, 5 game suspension.’ If someone cheats, kick them out. If someone inflicts intentional pain and damage on someone else, kick them out.

    The more you let people get away with, the farther they will go.



  53. Bobbyknightsleftnut
    10:37 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    If it was unintentional I would think he would have atleast turn and looked at who he just knocked the @&$? out



  54. uk3k
    10:39 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I have been elbowed harder than that by my wife for staring at that Hardees commercial.



  55. shimsky
    10:41 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    WTF does this millionaire cheap-shot artist have to be mad about? Any fool that believes this was an accident is BLIND. Fire his ass. Let’s see how good he is with his money. Erase his name from the books. Let’s see where he fares in the real world. He should be ridiculed and taunted by gun-toting citizens everywhere. Tar and feather him. Cut out his eyelids and feed him nothing but sleeping pills. Put him in a Saw movie. Gimme a bat and let me teach him respect and pain and death. This guy was blessed with so much talent, and he does this bs.



  56. stevie
    10:42 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I honestly think that Harden should wait for him waith a baseball bat and crush his friggin skull in.



  57. #8
    10:42 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    You’re an idiot. There is no other explanation. Everyone can have an opinion…but opinions can most certainly be wrong and yours is in this case. You have blinders like ive never seen before on if you think that was remotely unintentional. Even Lakers fans I know said that was crazy. Also, “putting up” to you is throwing elbows to unsuspecting players? GTFO of here with that mess.



  58. stevie
    10:43 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    54, I could thump you hard enough to knock you out.



  59. kyrgaines
    10:45 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well i’m sure he’ll get “another chance”, that’s the society we live in today. Accountability is immune if the risk of a backlash is detrimental to the enforcer or the product, in this case “the league” itself…aka Spreewell..



  60. CAT8
    11:01 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    On an unrelated note, #5 your username is one of the best I’ve seen.



  61. NBAJam
    11:24 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    What an oxymoron coming from a guy named World Peace.



  62. Han
    11:27 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    People on First Take this morning saying that he was trying to clear our Harden, but maybe didn’t mean to elbow him in the head.

    He bumped into him during his celebration so he knew he was there. He then threw a very high elbow. If he’d just been clearing away the guy, it would’ve caught his arm. Artest elbowed him in the head.



  63. 00BBN00
    11:28 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    uhmmm… Artest is definitely more important to the Lakers than Harden is to the Thunder. Did you even watch the game? #5 is right. Nichols just doesn’t know what to write about. Nice attempt though. However, the guy doesn’t need to be banned from the NBA. Hell, D Wade practically punched Hamilton in the head the other night and he wasn’t ejected. Hate to say it but stick to writing about college basketball.



  64. JesusChrist
    11:30 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Another example of modern society supporting violence as long as you get what you want. You can use any means necessary to get yours as long as its in the name of winning. Good ole American values that we all grew up with. It will only get worse and worse as long as all they get is a slap on the wrist. When you have to change your name, hoping people won’t remember the things you did in your past, that’s the first indication that you are a piece of garbage. Had this been a Kentucky player throwing that elbow espn would spend all day vilifying him.



  65. 00BBN00
    11:31 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    62. No doubt in my mind he was trying to clear out (harshly). Harden took several steps into Artest and was PURPOSELY bumping into him. That elbow was EXACTLY what Harden wanted. If you watched the rest of the game the Thunder ran away with it after Lakers lost their best defender. Harden was trying to get under Artest’s skin and, in turn, Artest lost his mind for a moment. He’s most certainly kicking himself today.



  66. Seriously Jesus?
    11:34 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    64. Back on the cross with you! It’s a game! Plus you supported violence. Something about not bringing peace but a sword somewhere in Matthew…



  67. What????
    11:46 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    If I did this in wal marts parking lot I would be in JAIL!!! It’s not even like he was retaliating for anything. He was celebrating with violence against a player who hadn’t wronged him in any way. If he wasn’t a pro athlete he would have been arrested and have to appear in court where at the very least he would ordered to complete some counseling. If he is allowed to play at all the rest of this year then the NBA is promoting violence. Kids watch these games. When they go to school and emulate this even they will be in way more trouble than scumbag Artest. He’s a repeat violent offender and should be banned. Would Magic or Kobe ever resort to this kind of behavior??? No!!! If a fan in the stands had done this to another fan he would have been arrested. I guess being a Laker makes you above the law. Must be nice.



  68. Capt price
    11:50 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    A giant big fat amen, corey nichols.



  69. NewWorldPeace
    11:52 am April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Its astonishes me how many people condone MWP’s violent act. There is never a reason to resort to this kind of violence. If Harden takes steps into you, push him away by all means. But you don’t have the right to hit people because you don’t like what they do. An elbow like that can cause all kinds of damage to someone’s skull. Condoning this behavior is what is ruining our society. Defend yourself if you must but attacking someone for bumping into you is crazy. I guess when people have been killed in clubs for stepping on someone’s shoes, they deserved it.on
    Y complete morons think it is ok to hit a guy for no reason.



  70. barn
    12:05 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    looks to me like mr harden baited mr peace and then viciously blind-sided mr peace with the left side of his skull



  71. SJ
    12:30 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Dude shut the hell up.. They are not going to kick him out of the league. You’re an idiot



  72. WKYDUDE
    12:40 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lighten up peeps. The NBA is a man’s game. It’s rough out there. It’s not a game for Dukies. So he threw a ‘bow. Though sh*t! He’ll catch one to the chops sooner or later.



  73. FultonCatFan
    12:53 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Preach on Corey Nichols! Those were my exact words yesterday when I saw it happen. This guy has a long history of this garbage and if it were up to me, he’d be out for good. I’m sure the bloods or cryps would be happy to welcome him back.



  74. WKYDUDE
    1:04 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    You sissies need to go back and watch tape of Moses Malone and Bob Lanier…even Bill Walton. Physical, dirty play has always been part of the game.



  75. FultonCatFan
    1:07 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    That’s right, if we could all just be tuff guys like you #74. U ‘da man!



  76. Kenny
    1:12 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    That is why I dont watch the NBA! Or should I say Thou BA. I will check on our beloved wildcats playing in the league from time to time but thats it! This is ridiculous and he should never be allowed to play again.



  77. Kenny
    1:13 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Thug BA!! is what I meant!

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  79. NBA=NeedBailassetence
    1:49 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    No thanks. NBA just a bunch of Trash….



  80. Gogh Big Bleu
    1:51 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    8 & 10, Really?? You thought that was unintentional? Who celebrates like that? What sort of celebratory motion causes a laterally flailing elbow? You really think that was just a celebratory motion? C’mon, that’s absurd.



  81. Aaron Craft's Rosacea
    1:52 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Thx #60



  82. Gogh Big Bleu
    1:58 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    78) ?



  83. LastOneStanding
    2:13 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I see & hear the “he was celebrating” excuse, & that’s all it is. Watch the eye contact, watch the opposite arm pound the chest, then his other arm swung up high, (nowhere near a chest pound), & BAM! Lock down defender, talent, none of it matters. Doesn’t mean for the sake of the game, the league, whatever, keep him around to throw more blatant shots at someone else. BAN FROM PLAYOFFS, definitely, more than 5 games suspension, an overwhelming “Hell Yes!” Tag a hefty fine, & mandatory counseling classes. They need to lay it down or he’s out, INDEFINITELY! Stop with the excuses, & face reality. The League needs to man up on this one. PERIOD!



  84. johnwaynelives
    2:18 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    HE’S A BUM…



  85. roosevelt gook
    2:36 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    the next game or the next team that plays the lakers i would send in a scrub player and end this mooks career simple as that.



  86. Ukhang8
    2:42 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Actually this is battery and assault



  87. WhatSheOrder?FishFilet?
    4:19 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    get off your high horses.



  88. UK ROCKS
    4:45 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    I agree entirely, he most certainly did it on puropose, he felt hardin bump him before he threw the elbow



  89. barn
    5:08 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    artest is a piece of crap, always was



  90. HardensMom
    5:32 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Lordy, Lordy, did you see what that brute of a man did to my poor baby boy. He needs to go to jail and counseling for anger problems. His mama probably didn’t teach him any manners when he was a boy and now he’s an overpaid dirty playin little sob. I bet his mamas ashamed of his behavior and shes gonna send him to bed without dinner.



  91. NBAcommisioner
    5:35 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Well mama that should take care of it. He’s been sufficiently punished. Hopefully he will cripple the next person he cheap shots. That should be good ratings for our game and sportscenter. YEEAHHHH!!!!



  92. seriously?
    6:09 pm April 23, 2012 Permalink

    Anyone who doesnt think that was bad is an effing moron! He honestly could have killed harden if that elbow woulda caught the right spot.



  93. jayare
    10:44 am April 25, 2012 Permalink

    Ron Artest (world peace)is clearly psycho to pick a name like that. He is going to end up seriously injuring someone or worst before the league does something. Just because he is an asset to the team he’s allowed to exhibit unacceptable behavior. If he ends up injuring someone the Lakers and the league should be held responsible because they clearly are aware of what he is capable of. Ban him before it’s too late winning a game is not worth someone’s health or maybe even their life.