Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, has been suspended 7 games for this vicious elbow on Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden.
This means he'll miss the Lakers' final regular season games, and then most likely 6 playoff games, unless they are eliminated sooner.
Personally, I don't believe this suspension is long enough.
Watching the play, it is quite obvious that the elbow wasn't merely just an accidental over-celebration.
Also, think about Metta World Peace's suspension history. It's quite extensive. In fact, this is his 13th career suspension.
Here's a list of his previous suspensions, courtesy of USA Today:
- Feb. 21, 2001: As a Chicago Bull, one game for his role in an in-game altercation with the Milwaukee Bucks' Glenn Robinson
- Jan. 4, 2003: As an Indiana Pacer, three games for throwing a television monitor and a cameraman's camera onto the floor following the conclusion of a game vs. the New York Knicks.
- Jan. 29, 2003: With the Pacers, four games for confronting and making physical contact with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, for taunting the Miami bench, for committing a flagrant foul-2 on Caron Butler (pushing him into the stands) and making an obscene gesture toward fans.
- March 9, 2003: With the Pacers, one game for exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
- March 13, 2003: With the Pacers, one game for again exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
- March 20, 2003: With the Pacers, two games for again exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
- March 19, 2004: With the Pacers, one game for hitting the Portland Trail Blazers' Derek Anderson in the head with a forearm.
- April 19, 2004: With the Pacers, one game for leaving the immediate vicinity of his team's bench during an altercation.
- Nov. 21, 2004: With the Pacers, 73 games (and 13 games during the team's playoff run) for his role in an in-game incident between Indiana and the Detroit Pistons.
- April 24, 2006: With the Kings, one game for making contact with the head of San Antonio Spur Manu Ginobili with his forearm.
- July 14, 2007: With the Kings, seven games for pleading "nolo contendre" to infliction of injury on a spouse.
- May 5, 2011: With the Lakers, one game for swinging his arm and striking the face of the Dallas Mavericks' J.J. Barea.
If there's one thing we know, it's that this is a guy who simply has never learned his lesson. He's volatile and dangerous on AND off the court, and he's a menace to the league.
Whether he'll ever truly straighten out is up for debate. But either way, this should have been a much longer ban.
What do you think? Was Metta World Peace's suspension too short, too long, or just right?