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Metta World Peace Punch: Lakers Forward Is Lucky to Receive Only One Game

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 27:  Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers talks to Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers during the game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on January 27, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.  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 Harry How/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IDecember 28, 2016

Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace is lucky to have received only a one-game suspension after his latest violent outburst on Sunday against the Detroit Pistons.

In case you missed it, World Peace got wrapped up with Pistons guard Brandon Knight while fighting for a rebound. The scuffle has resulted in a one-game suspension for World Peace, per Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times.

"The NBA on Tuesday gave Lakers forward Metta World Peace a one-game suspension for an altercation with Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons."

The Pistons guard who was involved in the altercation believed World Peace threw a punch at him. Here is what Knight had to say about the incident, per Dave McMenamin of ESPNLosAngeles.com:

"The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch," Knight told reporters after the game. "It felt like he threw a punch. That's why I reacted the way I did."

Upon looking at the footage, it appears World Peace did his best impression of Mike Tyson and it no doubt forced the NBA's hand to rightfully suspend the troubled forward.

This isn't the first time the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest has gotten into hot water.

We all remember the brawl at The Palace of Auburn Hills back in 2004 when then Artest, who was a member of the Indiana Pacers at the time, went into the stands and ignited a huge brawl that was about as bad a day in the history of the sport as anyone could remember.

 

It was from that point on that Artest (now World Peace) would be on a zero-tolerance policy should he act in such a way again. Or at least we thought that was the case.

While World Peace hasn't exactly done anything close to that since, he's been in other altercations with NBA players.

Last season, World Peace threw a vicious elbow to then-Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden's head, which resulted in his ejection and a suspension of seven games.

 

Earlier this season, MWP threw another illegal shot, this time at the head of Houston Rockets guard, Jeremy Lin. As always, World Peace insisted it was inadvertent, but it sure didn't seem that way.

 

The spats that MWP continuously gets himself into are getting tiring. Considering his past, the fact that he was only suspended for one game this time around is fortunate for the Lakers veteran.

The NBA came down pretty hard on MWP last season and in the past, but this one-game suspension isn't doing much to continue that trend—it certainly won't deter him from his egregious behavior, which is becoming a regular occurrence.

 

If the league truly wants to get through to World Peace, they must hand down stiffer fines and suspensions each and every time he acts up. In fact, there should be a separate set of penalties for players who are as dirty and cheap as MWP.

With a joke of a suspension such as this, World Peace will continue his antics—that could lead to him seriously hurting another player down the road. Clearly he has problems controlling his emotions and that is a danger to every NBA player who steps on the court.

David Stern and Co. dropped the ball on this one and since they didn't hit World Peace harder with a longer suspension and hefty fine, there's no doubt that MWP will do it again.

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