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Should Metta World Peace Be Suspended?

Sports 2012/04/23 17:00:00
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While you're reading this, keep in mind, Metta World Peace could be disciplined very, very shortly. Peace, better known as the often-crazy basketball player Ron Artest, is back in the news again. This time, it's not for great defensive plays, clutch shots or even something funny he said that ended up on the Internet. This is a serious situation and one that could -- and perhaps should -- cost him a lot of money and basketball games.

During Sunday's game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Oklahoma City Thunder, Artest made a dunk and then celebrated with arguably the dirtiest play in recent NBA history. Artest made a celebrating gesture like he was pumping his arm saying "YES!" and then proceeded to elbow OKC player James Harden right in the head, nearly knocking him out and concussing him on national television. Replays showed one hell of an elbow. But unfortunately for Artest, he's not playing mixed martial arts. He's playing basketball.

Between getting banned for a season after brawling with fans seven years ago to his crazy comments to just plain flagrant fouls, Artest is no saint. He may not be all there and he's acknowledged that before, but that doesn't mean he shouldn't be punished. Based on his track record, Artest may not just miss some playoff games for his third-seeded Lakers. Don't be surprised if he misses the entire playoffs as his punishment. Maybe that will finally send a message to the man who claims peace and was anything but a role model on Sunday.

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  • Dave 007 2012/04/29 12:24:11
    No
    Dave 007
    He should be banned for a year! This is a punk league and they to start cleaning it out.
  • Marcus Clark 2012/04/29 01:27:33
    Yes
    Marcus Clark
    +1
    He should be permanently banned from the NBA. If he wants to behave like that, he should join a "fight club."
  • Tre 2012/04/26 11:55:46
    Yes
    Tre
    +2
    That wasn't no accident...lol
  • ☆stillthe12c☆ 2012/04/26 06:14:19
    Yes
    ☆stillthe12c☆
    +1
    I think that it should be for a longer period of time than he was given.
  • NancyR1 2012/04/26 02:35:37
    Yes
    NancyR1
    +1
    I am sick and tired of athletes behaving badly and that's why I don't watch hardly any sports anymore. Many are no longer those for which our children should look up to and aspire to be like.
  • Michael S Smith 2012/04/25 22:41:46
    No
    Michael S Smith
    From what I saw it looked like an accident so unless it can be proven otherwise my vote is no
  • ThickAz... Michael... 2012/05/15 14:27:50
    ThickAzABrick
    Seriously, an accident? He "accidentally" wound up and swung his elbow, "accidentally" striking another human in the skull? Any chance this mental midget had of claiming accident vanished when he didn't stop IMMEDIATELY after striking Harden to react like any non Sociopath and check on the person he "accidentally" hit. Arrest is a disgrace, both as a basketball player as well as a man. (BTW, did you see Artest "accidentally" throw Harden to the ground last night? What a punk.) If David Stern had any integrity, he would ban this piece of human debris.
  • TruBluTopaz 2012/04/25 22:28:58
    Yes
    TruBluTopaz
    +1
    And it should be for far more than a mere six games. That was a wicked intentional hit. I am tired of overgrown bullies getting away with such things.
  • Tennessee3501 2012/04/25 21:59:01 (edited)
    Yes
    Tennessee3501
    +2
    He should be thrown out of the NBA! The New Orleans Saints would hire him! (Joke stolen from Jay Leno on April 23, 2012).
  • t.eliot, topbard 2012/04/25 19:32:08
    Yes
    t.eliot, topbard
    +1
    That was a heinous act. 7 games was far too lenient. He should be gone for the playoffs and a good chunk of next season as well. This was as vicious as Kermit Washington's assault on Rudy Tomjanovich and should have been penalized as such, especially given his status as a repeat offender.
    "Metta World Peace" indeed".
  • Ole SGT Joe 2012/04/25 18:51:21
    Yes
    Ole SGT Joe
    +1
    Throw him out. Another a-hole basketball player, making way to much money. His pay should be adjusted and aligned with his IQ........
  • afro.ninja.rockstar 2012/04/25 16:32:28
    No
    afro.ninja.rockstar
    no, it's about time the NBA got interesting.
  • wampage 2012/04/25 15:49:41
    Yes
    wampage
    The boy is not a sportsman and does not belong on the court. I say administer drug tests for flagrant acts of violence to qualify the punishment.
  • jacktown kid 2012/04/25 15:12:21
    Yes
    jacktown kid
    +1
    Absolutely
  • Cognito22 2012/04/25 14:09:07
    Yes
    Cognito22
    +1
    Of course.
  • Eugene M 2012/04/25 13:28:49 (edited)
    Yes
    Eugene M
    +1
    Theres no justifying what he did, but I think he was temporarily insane, and it also looked as if Hardin was purposely trying to impede his way upcourt.
  • SJG 2012/04/25 12:42:41
    Yes
    SJG
    +2
    Absolutely. And he should be fined.
  • george 2012/04/25 11:42:51
    Yes
    george
    +2
    He shouldn't be suspended, he should be bounced from the league. Fourteen suspensions from the league including Malice at the Palace. I don't think he gets the message.
  • P. Sturm 2012/04/25 10:22:05
    Yes
    P. Sturm
    +1
    Here are some words of wisdom for you from NYC, Ron Artest.
    To quote Don Vito Genovese: "If you walk up saying 'kill me!' to everybody you meet, sooner or later you are going to run into someone that will !!"
  • ThickAzABrick 2012/04/25 09:44:14
    Yes
    ThickAzABrick
    +1
    ENOUGH! It doesn't matter how talented he is, it doesn't matter that he won the NBA's Citizen of the Year last year, and it sure doesn't matter how long it has been since he had his last episode. If he did these things on the street, he'd be in prison. He isn't a man who takes responsibility for his behavior. He's a child who seems surprised when caught and then seeks to blame others. 7 games is a joke, David Stern has ruined my beloved game of basketball.
  • st0psp34K1ngl33t 2012/04/25 08:54:56
    Yes
    st0psp34K1ngl33t
    +1
    If Peace does have to pay out, it's going to be just a drop in the bucket to what he makes per game. He should be suspended indefinitely or banned. This isn't wrestling or boxing and even in those sports, there are very set rules.
  • Parth 2012/04/25 05:46:22
    Yes
    Parth
    He isn't a professional, he's street trash. Win or lose in any sport you should still behave
    like a professional. Anything less should never be acceptable.
  • fcombs 2012/04/25 03:51:26
    No
    fcombs
    Sorry, I checked the wrong box. My vote should have been Yes.
  • Memartin 2012/04/25 03:41:23
    Yes
    Memartin
    +1
    I think he should be banished from the NBA forever after his despicable act of rage against another player. This kind of conduct should never be allowed and should carry a lifetime banishment for violaters. And to make excuses just adds insult to injury.
  • kerrtoons 2012/04/25 03:15:41
    Yes
    kerrtoons
  • purpleme55 2012/04/25 02:53:56
    Yes
    purpleme55
    +1
    He is only suspended for 7 games, He should be thrown out of sports for good.And I think he should really change his name, maybe to BadSport, Mr. Bully,the list could go on and on.
  • Steelers55 2012/04/25 02:47:02
    Yes
    Steelers55
    +3
    And Arrested for assault.
  • haShe 2012/04/25 02:24:28
    Yes
    haShe
    +1
    Bad sportmanship for sure and maybe even assault.
  • DOriginalDonald 2012/04/25 01:41:17
    Yes
    DOriginalDonald
    +1
    Another episode of Metta World Peace being Ron Ron
  • Marshall Maxwell 2012/04/25 01:40:21
    Yes
    Marshall Maxwell
    +1
    The NBA needs to base it off of the other suspension in the league. Kevin Love intentionally stomps someone in the face and only gets 2 or 3 game suspension, Dwyane Wade intentionally forearms Richard Hamilton to the floor and receives no suspension. Lopez clothes lined Blake Griffin in mid air and will not get a large suspension if at all. Have some consistance.
  • Sabrina_! 2012/04/25 01:16:13
    Yes
    Sabrina_!
    +1
    You can't just get all cocky and embarrass someone like that, worse: HURT THEM. What is he, Kanye West?
  • DOrigin... Sabrina_! 2012/04/25 01:42:14
    DOriginalDonald
    Ron Ron never interrupted Taylor Swift, did he?
  • cuninglingwist 2012/04/25 01:15:48
    Yes
    cuninglingwist
    +1
    that self serving Oaf needs to be banned for life.
  • Robin B 2012/04/25 01:06:40
    No
    Robin B
    +1
    No he should be kicked out for good! If it were up to me he would go to jail and pay a huge fine! This was no accident, he is a violent street thug!
  • hilllary 2012/04/25 00:40:04
    Yes
    hilllary
    +1
    yes . where are Jessie and Al and Hussian on this matter.
  • Marshal... hilllary 2012/04/25 02:09:41 (edited)
    Marshall Maxwell
    +3
    Come on, give it a rest. You must like BBC or something.
  • ricknroll 2012/04/24 23:30:25
    Yes
    ricknroll
    +1
    I'm not surprised to see others say that Ron Artest should get banned
  • alanh 2012/04/24 22:59:47
    Yes
    alanh
    +2
    Forever!!! He should not be allowed to play ever again!
  • thebomb 2012/04/24 22:41:02
    Yes
    thebomb
    +1
    u cant just elbow somone in the face for no reason he should be suspended for the first round in the playoffs for that so he might be able 2 play in the second round and if the lakers lose in round 1 he will have 2 think what if i played in the 1 round would the outcome be different and just live with that for a long timeand it will rot in him while he watches the lakers lose
  • johnnyg 2012/04/24 22:03:22
    No
    johnnyg
    Sports god can't be punished!! His name is whirrled peas for god sakes!! The sports god who got hit should be suspended for being in whirrled peas way!!

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