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Metta World Peace says “I didn’t lose it,” calls elbow “brutal”

Apr 25, 2012, 6:22 PM EDT

Ron Artest AP

Metta World Peace is not going to be on the court with the Lakers until Game 7 of the first round or somewhere in the second round (if the Lakers advance that far), but he is still practicing with the team.

After the Lakers Wednesday practice, World Peace spoke with reporters for the first time since his seven game suspension was announced. A number David Stern personally took credit/blame for (depending on how you view it).

Here is what World Peace said, via the Lakers.com. He started out sounding remorseful but he said he did not speak with Harden.

“It was, ooh.., it was a brutal elbow. When I seen it, arrgh”

“I didn’t lose it. It was bad timing for me. Physically it was bad time for Mr. Harden.”

“The way I’m feeling right now, back to that elite level … A lot of guys that were able to guard me early they can’t guard me. My game’s feeling great. Just the worst timing for me right now. But I’m happy James is OK.”

I think Stern’s description was apt — this was reckless but not premeditated intentional. That in no way absolves World Peace from blame or say he doesn’t deserve punishment, it’s just that he is a guy who doesn’t have the filters, that doesn’t think about the consequences of his actions the way most people his age do. It was a reaction.

World Peace was averaging 15.9 points per game on nearly 50 percent shooting the 10 games before his suspension (he had 12 points in the first half against the Thunder before being tossed). The Lakers will try to replace him with Matt Barnes, who is battling an ankle injury, but it will not be the same.

The Lakers and Thunder would meet in the second round of the playoffs, if both advance that far.

  1. thebigkahuna23 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Good to see him being accountable about the whole thing. A lot more than you can say about a ton of other guys in the league.

    • jjared1101 - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:31 PM

      If he was being accountable, he’d own up like a man and admit that it wasn’t an accident.

      • thraiderskin - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:21 PM

        It was reactionary, which in some cases can be an accident. Not intended to actually cause harm sounds accidental to me. He isn’t making excuses, he indeed used the term “brutal” all by himself, he knows he was wrong.

    • jjared1101 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:19 PM

      Magic Johnson on TV talking about how Metta needs to act accountable instead of saying it was an accident. LOL. What a joke

    • jjared1101 - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      @thraiderskin

      You’re actually going to sit there and say that you think he didn’t intend to cause harm with that elbow? The elbow that he cocked all the way back before he threw it in to Harden’s head?

      Lets pretend for the sake of argument that he indeed intended to not actually “cause harm”. You don’t think he felt the impact of his own elbow hitting another object, James Harden’s head, would have gotten him to actually turn around and look at what he just “accidentally” did? Give me a break.

      If you hit something unintentionally that hard with that much force, you’re going to look back to see what you accidentally hit.

      14th time he’s been suspended. It’s not a first time, didn’t mean to, reactionary offense. This is who he is.

  2. emaimo80 - Apr 25, 2012 at 6:55 PM

    World piece my a**! U thug!

    • massivedick - Apr 26, 2012 at 10:32 AM

      the ghetto mentality will never leave the thug. someone needs to kick is sorry ass but good. he even struck that boxing pose at half court when others can to Harden’s defense. what a punk ass.

  3. rexismybff - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:08 PM

    As a Spurs fan, I love it when Artest feels like he can’t be guarded. That means he’ll soon be clanking and air-balling those 35 to 40 foot three’s in the first 5 seconds of the Lakers’ offensive sets, destroying their rhythm.

    • smoothaswilkes - Apr 25, 2012 at 7:29 PM

      have you even watched a Lakers game? MWP has been scoring in the paint not from 3 but when he takes the 3 it’s been in rhythm, for the most part, and at a 40% clip.

      • lalakersalldammdayy24 - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

        Ppl just love to hate on the lakeshow!!

  4. Packers4Life - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM

    ban this guy for life.

  5. lakerluver - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:30 PM

    That was a “love” tap. Ok, just kidding, it was vicious!! Thank Goodness Harden wasn’t seriously hurt. Hurry up back, Ron Ron, the LAKERS are gonna need you.

  6. ezmagic - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:33 PM

    Ron and you laker fans are morons.

  7. honkerdawg - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:52 PM

    BS, he’s a thug and doesn’t belong in the league

    • 1historian - Apr 26, 2012 at 11:26 AM

      He’s a thug and he DOES belong in the league.

  8. jh4prez - Apr 25, 2012 at 8:57 PM

    As for a lake show vs super sonics playoff.two words.CANT WAIT!!

    • lyndseymarieee - Apr 25, 2012 at 10:03 PM

      funny. I didn’t know the super sonics had regrouped.

  9. gavin1978 - Apr 25, 2012 at 9:44 PM

    Lol he is great Artest baby

  10. ddtla - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:07 AM

    Wow! How many people keep saying he is a thug really find out more about him. Like I said why do so many ignorant people get on blogs?

  11. ncarolinarn7 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:09 AM

    Best of luck Ron. Pay the consequences for you actions and move on and learn. You do it enough your gone. You learn and keep playing. Good luck.

    • rawgator06 - Apr 26, 2012 at 12:13 AM

      Great pep talk, coach. Did you learn that during your NBA career or were you just throwing as many cliches into a comment that you could. Also, you do realize this is the same player that was suspended for the Malice in the Palace. I think hes done it enough, and hes not gone

      • hoytdadd64 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:56 PM

        It’s also the same player that auctioned off his championship ring for a charitable cause. Everybody keeps bringing up the Malice in the Palace, I don’t understand why. That was years and years ago. And I guess you guys never saw the interview with him when he talks about it and explains his remorse and how he feels guilty and ashamed every time he sees Larry Bird are another player from that team. Dude has done a lot to change, but being a human like we all are, he does still make some mistakes. But please, please let’s stop with all this “He’s a thug and should be kicked out of the league” talk.

  12. theskinsman - Apr 26, 2012 at 2:13 AM

    Stern is the worst commish in pro sports. WWE is more believable than the constant coddling of whatever mentally ill moron who can help sell tickets. Then again, Laker fans love rapists and sociopaths..and they clearly deserve each other.

  13. mrtarge - Apr 26, 2012 at 4:56 AM

    No problem Ron. It happens. Get back and win dude. Dismiss the haters.

  14. gmsingh - Apr 26, 2012 at 8:44 AM

    I preferred the old Ron Artest who would go into the stands and beat the crap out of fans.

  15. carolinakid - Apr 26, 2012 at 9:04 AM

    Meta World War

    • stayhigh_247 - Apr 26, 2012 at 1:09 PM

      thats dope.

  16. jthammerstix - Apr 27, 2012 at 1:48 PM

    He’s a thug and should be kicked out of the league!

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