Give World Peace a Chance? Not until next season

April 24th, 2012

The more I see the replay of the Lakers’ Metta World Peace (aka Ron Artest) elbow to the head of the Thunder’s James Harden, the more I think a suspension for the remainder of the Lakers’ season — including however long the playoffs go for them — is in order.

Plus a big fine that would go to head injury treatment and research.

Harden tweeted today that he feels OK, but may have a concussion that could keep him out for several games and could affect Oklahoma City’s postseason.

Artest has a long track record of misbehavior on the court. Many who know him say he’s a good guy, but that doesn’t excuse unacceptable violent and dangerous behavior that has no place in basketball.

And this is no exaggeration: If that elbow’s just a little bit higher, Harden could have been killed.

If Roger Goodell were commissioner of the NBA, Artest would be gone, perhaps indefinitely, not to return until a visit to the principal’s office.

Breaking news update: He has been suspended seven games. Obviously from the above, I don’t think that’s long enough if the Lakers advance past the first round of the playoffs.

24 Responses to “Give World Peace a Chance? Not until next season”

  1. Mike:

    The Lakers played well without him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s not a Laker next year, but that depends on the play of the subs.

  2. Derrick:

    Oh yeah, he’s a great guy…just don’t piss him off.

  3. tsboy:

    so Dave, how do you know a little higher and Harden could have been killed? are you an expert on head strikes? just asking. i’m tired of hearing how MWP is a terrible person, he should be suspended for the entire playoffs and even kicked out of the league permanently. yes, he threw the elbow. he did not do it maliciously or with intent to hit Harden or anyone else in the head. how do i know? watch the tape. he wasn’t even looking in Harden’s direction when any body contact happened, and this all occurred in one or two seconds. and why is Harden even around MWP. the tape shows no one else around Harden, yet you see him move slightly to his left to create the contact. when Ibaka confronts him, MWP goes into a defensive stance, as anyone would do when confronted, but then keeps his hands down on his legs and asks Ibaka why he wants to fight. i don’t think he even knew what he did. i’m not making this up. watch the tape. i don’t condone or excuse what MWP did. he did it and must accept the punishment, which is seven games. had Harden been permanently injured, MWP would probably have been banned from the league, and fairly so.

  4. Dave Reardon:

    You don’t have to be an expert to know that a full-force elbow from someone as big as Artest to the temple can kill a person.

  5. Robin:

    Like the commentators said after viewing the replay ‘That’s a disgrace’. I viewed the act in slow motion several times: he could feel Harden was against him…then he FULLY COCKS BACK his bent arm and BOOM!!! and either his arm has no nerves at all, or he knows he has solidly connected with someone, and yet no change in facial expression emotion whatsoever.

  6. Pablo Wegesend:

    Robin called it right! The way “World Peace” FULLY COCKS BACK his arm, PAUSED, THEN elbowed James Harden, shows it was an obvious act to hurt the person next to him! Then “World Peace” run off like nothing happened! That is proof that it was NOT an accident!

  7. ninjakai:

    - #3 tsboy

    I don’t think you would have the same opinion if it was you on the receiving end of the head blow, IMHO

  8. tsboy:

    brah, i’ve been elbowed in the face and the head in basketball games. i’ve been in games where a guy from my team punched a guy from the other team square in the face for no reason. sometimes basketball is a contact sport. like i said, i don’t condone Ron Ron’s actions. but for someone to say he cocked his elbow, paused and tried to hit Harden in the head is ridiculous. all of this took place in a second so how could he hesitate and then think ” i’ll elbow this guy in the head”. MWP got caught up in the moment and did a stupid thing. thats it. stop trying to assassinate the guy’s character.

  9. Robin:

    Sports play are largely based on split-second decisions, whether volleyball, basketball, tennis, hockey, boxing, etc.

    Basketball is a contact sport, not a collision sport (football, hockey), nor a combat sport (boxing, MMA).

    BTW, MWP was lying to the ref if it is as it appears, that he was claiming he was doing a chest pounding demonstration with both his fists. In the replay it is clear he was doing a one fisted pounding of his heart, with the other arm having no part of this common show of emotion.

  10. Robin:

    BOTTOM LINE: If I’m on the jury, MWP made “a deliberate attempt to strike an opposing player HIGH with significant force with his elbow”.

  11. Masami:

    Just came here and read the comments. I see almost everyone agreeing that the elbow was maliciously thrown except for one poster who sees it differently. I didn’t see the video before and giving the benefit of the doubt I watched the video…… several times.

    “he did not do it maliciously or with intent to hit Harden or anyone else in the head.”

    If that’s true, why didn’t he STOP and check on Harden? I don’t think any other mindset would have such force to knock a guy down to the ground.

    I have to agree with the majority….that elbow WAS MALICIOUS and INTENTIONAL.

    If I’m on the jury………..”Guilty” would be my vote.

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