NBA: Metta World Peace suspended for seven games after elbow foul to James Harden

By on Apr 25, 2012 in Basketball, Sports, United States Comments

Metta World Peace, formerly named Ron Artest, has been suspended for seven games without pay after throwing elbow foul to James Harden’s head during last Sunday’s game, who later apologized noting that it was not intentional.

Metta World Peace, hitting his elbow
on James Harden’s head

Image Credit: NBA video

As announced by NBA on its official website on Tuesday, April 24, 2012, LA Lakers forward Metta World Peace is suspended and will be missing the team’s season finale on Thursday at Sacramento, as well as the next six playoff games which will start this coming Saturday.

As reported earlier, Ron Artest completed a dunk with 1:39 remaining in the second quarter of the Los Angeles Lakers-Oklahoma City Thunder game, and was seen beating his chest to celebrate his shot, but later threw his left arm behind and hit Harden‘s head with his left elbow.

“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” NBA Commissioner David Stern was quoted in a statement.

“We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.” Stern added.

“I apologize to the Oklahoma City Thunder fans and the OKC organization. I look foward to getting back on the floor with my teammates and competing for the Lakers fans.” World Peace wrote at, as a reaction to his 7-game suspension.

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