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Mike D’Antoni says past actions from Metta World Peace factored into his latest suspension

Feb 5, 2013, 8:41 PM EDT

Kobe Bryant, Metta World Peace, Ron Artest AP

Metta World Peace was forced to miss the Lakers’ contest in Brooklyn on Tuesday, thanks to the one-game suspension the league handed down for his subtle punch to Brandon Knight during the team’s win over the Pistons on Sunday.

At the time of the incident, however, the referees only assessed World Peace with a flagrant foul — no flagrant-two and an ejection, and this was after the officials reviewed the play multiple times at the scorer’s table via replay.

Lakers head coach Mike D’Antoni said on Tuesday he believes the suspension came as a result of some of the things World Peace has done in the past.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles:

“I’m sure that goes into it,” D’Antoni said when asked if he felt that World Peace’s history of on-court transgressions led to the suspension. “I think from their philosophy or policy that everything goes into it. They look at the player, they look at who did it and past experiences and they go over it like that.”

To me, there was no question that the shot to the face delivered by World Peace — however gentle — was intentional.

Anytime a player like World Peace gets into a skirmish, situation, or altercation with a player of the opposing team, they try to do things that on the surface may seem innocent, but in reality are meant to escalate the situation and cause the opposing player to lose it.

A shot to the face certainly falls into that category, and I’m not sure the league needed to look much further than that into World Peace’s past to feel confident in handing down that suspension.

  1. acdc363 - Feb 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    As it should.

  2. nawlinsmitty - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:20 PM

    A 1 game suspension was not enough, but since it involves the league’s beloved Lakers, the commish was not going to punish him too much.

    • saint1997 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:03 AM

      shut up. maybe team you follow sucks because of ineptitude, not because there is a governing body that is out to get them!

  3. kavika6 - Feb 6, 2013 at 3:15 AM

    Repeat offenders are always watched more closely.

  4. abchome - Feb 6, 2013 at 5:02 AM

    History, reputation matters, of course!

  5. omniusprime - Feb 6, 2013 at 8:42 AM

    The problem is the Lakers have the most incompetent coach in Laker history. Dumbtoni just can’t do anything right as regards the players, including keeping MWP on the straight and narrow or keeping Pau Gasol engaged without pissing him off. Looks like MWP’s one game suspension didn’t hurt the Lakers as they beat the Nyets.

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