In response to Metta World Peace's vicious blow to the side of James Harden's head during a game last Sunday, the NBA announced that he would be suspended for seven games Tuesday. This makes thirteen suspensions for World Peace, who has been playing in the NBA for as many years.
In addition to the lost games, World Peace also stands to lose $348,000 in salary if the Lakers make the playoffs and he serves his entire suspension this season, reports the Associated Press.
World Peace has issued an apology on his site RonArtest.com since Sunday's incident. At the top of the fold in bold letters, the site says:
I hope James Harden is ok. I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look forward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers and the Lakers fans.
In an interview with ESPN, Lakers coach Mike Brown seemed unsure about World Peace's recounting of the incident. "He said it was accidental. Now, is it accidental or not? I don't know," said Brown.
Basketball fans, however, don't have to be as cautious with their pronouncements. This twitter slideshow shows that World Peace's name has become synonymous for assault and violence, a far cry from the inspirational message the Laker had in mind when he legally changed his first name from "Ron Artest" to "Metta World Peace."
Metta is a Buddhist term that means "friendship, loving, kindness and togetherness." The player also wanted to inspire "World Peace" with his surname. Now, those words are taking on a new meaning: a hard elbow blow to the head.