Ron Artest suspended 7 games for elbowing James Harden

The verdict is in, but is a 7-game suspension enough for Metta World Peace?

4/24/12 in NBA   |   Pat   |   5147 respect

Blog Photo - Ron Artest suspended 7 games for elbowing James Harden


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.

Blog Photo - Ron Artest suspended 7 games for elbowing James HardenWatching 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:
  1. Feb. 21, 2001: As a Chicago Bull, one game for his role in an in-game altercation with the Milwaukee Bucks' Glenn Robinson
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. March 9, 2003: With the Pacers, one game for exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
  5. March 13, 2003: With the Pacers, one game for again exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
  6. March 20, 2003: With the Pacers, two games for again exceeding the maximum allowable flagrant foul points in a season.
  7. March 19, 2004: With the Pacers, one game for hitting the Portland Trail Blazers' Derek Anderson in the head with a forearm.
  8. April 19, 2004: With the Pacers, one game for leaving the immediate vicinity of his team's bench during an altercation.
  9. 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.
  10. April 24, 2006: With the Kings, one game for making contact with the head of San Antonio Spur Manu Ginobili with his forearm.
  11. July 14, 2007: With the Kings, seven games for pleading "nolo contendre" to infliction of injury on a spouse.
  12. 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?
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5/1/12   |   XERXUS   |   8348 respect

not according to my man who got the elbow

4/28/12   |   tigertony213   |   3 respect

I THINK & SURE HE WAS JUST EXCIITED. COME ON WHAT ARE WE ALL TURNING INTO A BUNCH OFF SISSIES.

4/26/12   |   GFortier   |   520 respect

Don't worry, the next time Artest does something insanely unthinkable, reckless, dangerous, etc etc, it'll be 9 games. We're gettin' there.

 

4/26/12   |   XERXUS   |   8348 respect

some people just dont learn what would it take

4/25/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59542 respect

It's enough.

4/24/12   |   Dan_B   |   1066 respect

I think it is slightly too short, but when comparing to the idiotic suspensions being handed out in the NHL, this seems somewhat reasonable and thought out.