Metta World Peace: Don’t suspend him, ban him!

Posted: April 24, 2012 by vindanton in Pro Sports

By: Christian Fazzini

Metta World Peace continues to act up on the court showing why he should not be a player in the National Basketball Association.

On Sunday, after Metta World Peace slammed the ball through the rim, he celebrated by delivering a vicious and uncalled for elbow to the head of James Harden. The league has yet to say whether or not World Peace is going to be suspended, but after giving Harden a concussion with his elbow, a suspension seems to be on the horizon.

Since the start of his career in 1991, World Peace has been suspended 13 times, including the longest suspension in NBA history for an on-court incident.

World Peace was suspended 86 games, including 13 post-season games, for his actions during the famous Pistons vs. Pacers brawl. When Metta World Peace had fouled Ben Wallace hard, Wallace reacted by shoving him. A Piston’s fan, John Green also reacted to the hard foul by throwing a cup of Diet Coke, hitting Metta World Peace.

The world was not ready for what happened next.

As if he were a caged animal, the late Ron Artest jumped into the stands and proceeded to fight the Piston’s fans. There is no place in the NBA for this incident, as well as others performed by World Peace.

Other suspensions include:

-3 games in 2003 for destroying a video monitor camera at Madison Square Garden.

-4 games in 2003 for a sideline confrontation with Miami Heat coach Pat Riley.

-2 games in the 2004-2005 season when he asked coach Rick Carlisle for a month off because he was tired from promoting an R&B album.

Legal issues off the court have also plagued World Peace.

In 2007, World Peace had two incidents that landed him in hot water. First, the Animal Service Officers accused him of mistreatment of his dog. No chargers were filed, and World Peace was able to get his dog back when it was released from custody.

The other incident was much more serious.

On March 5, 2007, World Peace was arrested for a domestic violence issue and excused from the team he was playing on at the time, the Sacramento Kings. For this, World Peace served 10 days in jail and was required to attend a work release program. The NBA also suspended him for seven games to start the 2007-2008 season.

In 2011, “Ron Artest” changed his name to Metta World Peace. Inspired by Chad Johnson name change to Chad Ochocinco, changed his first name to choose Metta because, according to his publicists Courtney Barnesit, is a Buddhists word that means loving, kindness and friendliness towards all.

I don’t know about you, but when I watch him play, Metta World Peace shows no signs of love, kindness and friendliness. James Harden knows this all too well.

World Peace continues to display violent, aggressive and destructive behavior on and off the court. The NBA, should not only suspend him for his most recent actions against James Harden, they should ban him for life.

And if this article did not convince you, watch this video and you tell me that Metta World Peace has his head on straight.


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