He may have changed his name, but underneath it all, Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, is still the same player he’s always been—a dirty one.
There is no question it was an intentional cheap shot; World Peace was ejected from the game, and Harden did not return. Sources say that he suffered a concussion from the hit and needs to be evaluated further to determine if he will be forced to sit out again.
It has not been stated exactly how much time the ironically named World Peace will sit out, but the NBA really needs to make a statement here by sitting him for the remainder of the season, including playoffs.
Recently, World Peace posted the following on his official Twitter account (@mettaworldpeace) in response to the incident:
“Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I (sic) hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and (had) a headache during the game…”
He later followed it up with the following tweet:
“I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad”
Well, he’s right about one thing; it does indeed look bad.
However, I don’t think anyone is buying that his actions were anything but intentional.
At this point, he’d be better off just to own up to it.
Fair or not, his reputation precedes him, and he has no one to blame for that but himself.