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Metta World Peace Gets Suspended for Seven Games: Fair or Foul?

Sports 2012/04/25 17:00:00
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Los Angeles Lakers defensive specialist Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, has been suspended for seven games by the NBA, due to his actions during Sunday's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder. As we covered here on SodaHead Sports, Peace was celebrating after he scored on Sunday and pumped his fist so hard that he elbowed Thunder player James Harden in the head.

Harden was nearly knocked out unconscious and is currently day-to-day. He is expected to play in the first round of the NBA Playoffs. Yet as lucky as Harden is, in this day and age of closer examination with head injuries, the concussion he suffered at the hands (or elbow) of Peace could make him more vulnerable to brain damage should he end up concussed again later in life.

Remember: It's not like this was an accident or “part of the game.” This was a blatant shot to the head of an innocent and unsuspecting player. And whether there's beef between the two players or two teams is irrelevant because actions like that in basketball -- let alone any sport that's not combat-based like mixed martial arts or boxing -- is uncalled for. Metta World Peace will miss six playoff games during his suspension. So much for staying true to his new name.


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  • ordman 2012/04/25 23:41:24
    Foul
    ordman
    +11
    He has done this sort of thing before. He should have banned for the NBA for life!

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  • robbt1 2012/05/15 21:08:19
    Fair
    robbt1
    He should be expelled from everything in the world until he changed his name back to something normal.
  • keliffa 2012/05/08 16:12:07
    Fair
    keliffa
    He should be suspended for his name alone.
  • Sue 2012/05/03 23:00:28
    Foul
    Sue
    He should be kicked out permanently. That was no accident and I don't believe for a minute he didn't see Harden.
  • Space Invader 2012/05/03 19:21:05
    Fair
    Space Invader
    with a name like that...a Insane Asylum lingers in his future or a jail cell...
  • CAPISCE 2012/05/02 02:56:41
    Fair
    CAPISCE
    +1
    World Peace starts at home
  • MS PRUD 2012/05/01 17:42:24 (edited)
    Fair
    MS PRUD
    +2
    Play like a jerk and get kicked out. He should have thought of this before he hit the other team member. That was a cheap shot and if I had my way he would be out for more than 7 weeks.
  • bustingloose 2012/05/01 12:15:13
    Fair
    bustingloose
    +1
    I feel that it is fair, because he should have learned his lesson when he lost his temper before, however hockey players fight all the time I never hear of them getting suspended.
  • Faisdragon 2012/04/30 15:20:13
    Foul
    Faisdragon
    That was not on purpose!
  • mary 2012/04/30 12:28:18
    Foul
    mary
    ppl this days clearly it was a foul !!!!
  • Bob DiN 2012/04/30 08:49:06
    Foul
    Bob DiN
    +3
    He should have been banned for life. This wasn't his first offense.
  • mary Bob DiN 2012/04/30 12:26:27
    mary
    i noe they act like if nothing happened!
  • Bob DiN mary 2012/04/30 21:00:44
    Bob DiN
    He's an animal.
  • SOUL4REAL 2012/04/30 00:39:11
    Fair
    SOUL4REAL
    +2
    Ron Artest have some issues with anger, he need to be in anger management counselling! What you all (NBA) are going to wait until this dysfunctional man really hurt someone? This man is dangerous!
  • Claybern 2012/04/29 18:16:44
    Foul
    Claybern
    +1
    Should have been 10 games.
  • rightagain 2012/04/29 13:52:15
    Fair
    rightagain
    +4
    Cheap shot.That shows me that he's a classless thug with a stupid name. Money and stupidity takes center stage again.
  • busting... rightagain 2012/05/01 12:19:53
    bustingloose
    You don't have to go so far as to call him a thug, after all hes's a dam good player. He need anger manager management classes. How did he go to college if he is a thug.
  • rightagain busting... 2012/05/01 16:56:20
    rightagain
    +1
    Ron Artest fights pistons fans  2004
    Ron Artest fights pistons fans  2004
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
    Don't know what you don't see but I'll tell you that intelligent people don't do what he does. Like go up into the stands and beat up young fans that did not throw anything at him. Blind side people out of the blue. Thugs do that though.
    On January 30, 2007, Animal Services took his dog away because he was mistreating it. His dog was released under a foster care agreement after being treated for more than a month after he agreed to allow the dog to be adopted by a new owner.Real smart man RIGHT? He's a real dirty player and how much schooling he has doesn't mean that he is nice at all.That comes from his hart. I can find all kinds of fights and family violence but nothing about him doing anything decent.
    You should know that in collage sports they want talent and will do just about anything to get it and keep them on the team including cheating to do so. So that don't mean he is educated.
  • busting... rightagain 2012/05/17 16:44:21
    bustingloose
    Perhaps he did not get the proper home training growing up. many people have low self esteem. I can't judge him by his anger problem. Why do many men fanticize over young kids and have sex with them? do you know? They also need help,
  • rightagain busting... 2012/05/18 05:10:25
    rightagain
    ??????????? WOW.
  • SJG 2012/04/29 12:36:52
    Foul
    SJG
    +2
    Needs to have a fine assessed in the amount of $500,000.00
  • BBoy legacy 2012/04/29 04:57:21
    Fair
    BBoy legacy
    +1
    That was a very foul hit. He deserves what he got... and I'm a huge Laker fan.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/04/29 01:40:34
    Fair
    Marcus Clark
    +3
    It's a good start but not nearly enough. He should be permanently banned from the NBA. Further, he should have assault and battery charges filed against him.
  • busting... Marcus ... 2012/05/01 12:22:13
    bustingloose
    That's really cold, you know he's a good player, it's not like he planned this, get real.
  • Marcus ... busting... 2012/05/02 01:06:30
    Marcus Clark
    +1
    Are you really trying to say that was unintentional? Have you watched the video? He first ran into the other player, then reared back his arm for more power and let him have it. That is a deliberate violent assault/battery.
    Basketball is not a violent sport. If he wants to behave that way, he can join a fight club.
    I don't care how good he is otherwise, there is no excuse that kind of absolutely unsportsmanlike conduct. (And he is a habitual offender.)
  • txsailorboy 2012/04/28 15:03:06
    Foul
    txsailorboy
    +2
    Artest's temperament is better suited to the MMA. His uncontrollable penchant for violence will be well received there and likely appreciated.
  • Siefimn 2012/04/28 13:45:19
    Fair
    Siefimn
    +4
    I probably should have voted foul because I think he should be banned for life. The coward should be enlisted in the army and sent to the front lines and then see how tough he is.
  • BBoy le... Siefimn 2012/04/29 05:01:42
    BBoy legacy
    This man can take that and more. He plays in the NBA... he is in shape. A Pro Basketball player is in great condition and can take most types of exercises. I'm tired of people saying the guy won't last in a combat sport. He can.. this guy is tougher than most Centers in the NBA.
  • askmike BBoy le... 2012/04/30 14:27:05
    askmike
    +1
    You don't get it. Artest is a coward. He did not have the guts to fight face to face with Harden so he hit an man who was unprepared for a fight. Artest has no balls and he has shown he can attack fans in the stands but he is a coward when it comes to risking his blood by going toe to toe with someone his size.
  • BBoy le... askmike 2012/05/01 03:48:17
    BBoy legacy
    Oh, I do get it. You don't know how tough a basketball player can really be. I definitley think he would stand face to face with a healthy Harden any day of the week. Why bring balls into this?? They are sensitive and weak.
  • askmike BBoy le... 2012/05/01 05:01:11
    askmike
    Wow. All Artest had to do was confront Harden in a masculine manner and issue a challenge. Instead he took a cheap cowardly shot to a man who was unaware it was coming. You need to grow up.
  • BBoy le... askmike 2012/05/06 02:10:29
    BBoy legacy
    Who is Artest you dumbass?? World Peace needs to stop being that aggressive though.
  • askmike BBoy le... 2012/05/06 14:18:09
    askmike
    Stay in school and learn about life. The fact you have resorted to name calling shows you to be a very immature little child.
  • BBoy le... askmike 2012/05/09 04:45:13
    BBoy legacy
    I am in school... and probably know more about life then you. You insulted me, so I insult you. You want my respect then you better damn give it too. Talk about you being immature.
  • askmike BBoy le... 2012/05/09 14:33:07
    askmike
    Good bye little boy. Come back when you are old enough to wear big boy pants.
  • BBoy le... askmike 2012/05/10 03:31:04
    BBoy legacy
    Can't handle what you give son? Typical hypocrite.
  • Empress 2012/04/28 13:21:47
    Foul
    Empress
    +4
    Artest is a loose cannon and he should be banned from the NBA pronto!
  • BBoy le... Empress 2012/05/06 02:10:56
    BBoy legacy
    There is no more Artest smart one.
  • Empress BBoy le... 2012/05/06 13:21:41
    Empress
    I know that smart one.
  • BBoy le... Empress 2012/05/09 04:45:44
    BBoy legacy
    Well you didn't prove that in your first comment smart one.
  • Empress BBoy le... 2012/05/09 10:18:45
    Empress
    Bye bye child.....

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