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Metta World Peace ejected for Flagrant Two elbow to James Harden’s head

Apr 22, 2012, 5:24 PM EDT

It was not calculated. It was intentional. It was excessive. And man, was it brutal.

In the second quarter of the Thunder’s game against Oklahoma City, Ron Artest/Metta World Peace drove for a dunk and slammed it home. He began to celebrate by pounding his head. James Harden wound up behind him. And then…

Good God.

So that’s going to be the end of the regular season for Ron Artest/Metta World Peace. The question now turns to two questions.

1. What is Harden’s condition? ESPN reported during its telecast that Harden passed all concussion tests and would play, but when he went to the floor, developed a headache and returned to the locker room. He will not return. If further tests reveal a concussion, that could impact Harden’s season significantly. Concussions are an injury we still are struggling to understand and the timing of symptoms is still nebulous.

2. How many games will Artest/MWP get for this? This opens up a Pandora’s Box of issues with regards to the play, Artest’s intent, and his past history. People will want to say that Artest’s history should not render as a factor here. That’s a nice thought, and impossible. It presents a disturbing event in a long history of events, regardless of his positive changes over the past four years. The suspension will almost certainly impact playoff games, it just depends on how many.

The league is likely to render a decision in the next 24 hours.

That’s a play that simply cannot be allowed. “The Punch” on Rudy Tomjanovich by Kermit Washington was an intentional punch but the devastating effects were the result of a bad combination of physics and circumstance. That’s why the league has to protect its players the way it does. And that’s why you’ll see the league respond as it will. This isn’t about the spirit of the game. This is about real-life injuries that can potentially impact lives. Thankfully Harden doesn’t seem to have suffered any long-term, permanent damage.

But this has just become the biggest story in the NBA for all the worst reasons.


113 Comments (Feed for Comments)
  1. shockexchange - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:51 AM

    Metta World “Punk” was obviously a fan of Rufus R. “Freight Train” Jones growing up. When the ring commentators said “Kids … Don’t try this at home” they meant it >>

  2. uhemi - Apr 23, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    Thug in a big way !!

  3. ezmagic - Apr 23, 2012 at 7:10 PM

    Ban this “peace” of garbage from the league for life. He’s a repeat offender. Let’s not for get how he disgraced the league in Detroit awhile back. He’s obviously mentally unstable. Just his name change alone can certify you as crazy.

  4. cowboychris5xchamps - Apr 24, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    @ bchapman 2011 you’ve never been out on a real date let alone have someone’s wife rubbing on you. You fat a## worthless excuse for a human being you’re life is a total waste you bum! Go get some tweezers and jack your little weiness off while your grandma watches you, you’re a dirt bag!!!

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