Metta World Peace apologizes for foul to James Harden, claiming it was not an intentional elbow (Video)

By on Apr 23, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Updated: April 25, 2012 12:30 p.m.

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NBA player Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, apologized on Sunday, April 22, 2012, as shown in the video below, after he hit James Harden on his head using his elbow, and was immediately ejected from the game and likely to be suspended.

Metta World Peace, apologizing for foul
to James Harden

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As reported earlier, Metta World Peace made a successful dunk with 1:39 remaining in the second quarter of the game between Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night, but later threw an elbow that hit Harden‘s head.

“During that play, I just dunked on Durant and Ibaka. I got real emotional, real excited. It’s unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow. I hope he’s OK.” Metta World Peace was quoted telling to reporters after the game.

“The Thunder. They’re playing for a championship this year. I really hope he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden. It was such a great game. It was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time. That’s it for today.” The 32-year old Lakers player added.

Apparently, Ron Artest spoke for only about 41 seconds and a Lakers official interrupted follow-up questions and did not allow him to answer them, but used his official Twitter account to further air his side.

“Hope James Hardin is ok… I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…” Metta World Peace (@MettaWorldPeace) tweeted about 8 hours ago.

“I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad” Metta World Peace added, with Lakers coach Mike Brown telling reporters that he did not see the incident at all.

“I don’t want any of my guys kicked out. If somebody gets kicked out in a big game, yeah, you’re disappointed. You want him to be on the floor. I’d be wrong to say that’s OK for Metta to get kicked out.” Brown added, whose team won over the Thunder in double overtime (114-106).

Related post: Metta World Peace ejected, after hitting James Harden on his head with elbow, suspension possible (Video)

Metta World Peace, apologizing for foul to James Harden
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