Metta World Peace anything but peaceful

The Baltimore Sun

All morning long, on every sports and news show on TV, they've been showing the clip. You know the one. The one that shows Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace viciously throwing the elbow that floored Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Hardenin the Lakers' 114-10 double overtime win Sunday.

I've seen it at least 30 times. It's an absolutely brutal blow. And a classic cheap shot.

It wasn't in the same league as the infamous haymaker Kermit Washington delivered to the face of Rudy Tomjanovich 35 years ago, but it was gutless and sneaky, behavior we've come to expect to expect from the hilariously-named World Peace.

Luckily, Harden appears to be all right. He complained of a headache after the game, but passed the concussion tests the Lakers gave him. I'm not a doctor, but I have to believe if World Peace's elbow had caught him in the temple, or anywhere near the eye, the damage would have been far worse.

Now we'll see what kind of punishment the NBA metes out for the incident.

I don't care how well-behaved people say World Peace has been in his three seasons with the Lakers. Or that he claims he was so excited about his dunk that he lost emotional control while celebrating. He should be suspended for the rest of the year, period. It would be laughable if NBA commmissioner David Stern lets him off with a slap on the wrist and a three- or five-game suspension.

I remember a quote about Mike Tyson when he was acting so erratically years ago. Shortly after the well-publicized incident when he bit the ear of Evander Holyfield during a fight, someone ran into Tyson at a cocktail party. The vibe among the guests, this person said, was as if a skittish Rottweiler had just appeared in their midst.

That's apparently how too many NBA players feel about playing against World Peace. Talk about someone's who's acted erratically. And needs anger management courses. Remember, he drew that whopping 86-game suspension back in 2004 for his role in the wild brawl in the Palace at Auburn Hills during that Indiana Pacers-Detroit Pistons game. And all told, he's been suspended 13 times for 111 games during his NBA career.

There's no place in the game for what he did yesterday. The NBA should throw the book at him.

But somehow I doubt it will.  

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