Metta World Peace of Shhh: Los Angeles Lakers Forward Is a Disgrace

Ezra SkobeloffCorrespondent IMay 15, 2012

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 22:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after being ejected for hitting James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The  Lakers won 114-106 in double overtime.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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Ron Artest (as I will only address him) is a good basketball player.

He has made great contributions for the Los Angeles Lakers, especially when they won the NBA Championship in 2010 against the Boston Celtics. His star teammate, Kobe Bryant, praises him for what he brings to his team.

But...

This man continues to prove to everyone that he has no respect for the game or the people he plays it with.

The elbow he threw on Oklahoma City guard and Sixth Man of the Year, James Harden, was utterly ridiculous. Other words that come to mind: classless, vicious, brutal and most importantly: shameful.

Unfortunately though, Artest has no shame. His explanation for his celebration and blow to Harden's head was just downright disrespectful. Still unfortunately, he didn't even have the civility to reach out to Harden and apologize. If it was such an unfortunate accident, why the hell didn't you show any remorse?

I wish it stopped here, but it doesn't.

Artest went as far as to try to belittle the former Arizona State Sun Devil. Via a tweet from Janis Carr of the Orange County Register, he said: "I don't shake substitutions' hands."

Really, Ron? Or did you mean to say that you don't shake hands with those that are better basketball players than you?

Artest even had another 'bow for Harden in Game 1 against the Thunder, though thankfully it was nothing compared to his charade on April 22nd.

You may not care, but Ron, I am embarrassed for you.