New York Knicks forward Metta World Peace has been through a lot in his NBA career, but his most infamous moment came during the Malice at the Palace fiasco in Detroit in 2004, during which he went into the stands to fight a fan.
Oklahoma State's Marcus Smart dealt with a similar incident with a fan Saturday against Texas Tech, shoving a man after he fell into the crowd during the game, per ESPN. World Peace happened to be in Oklahoma City on Sunday to play the Thunder, and reporters asked him a few questions about Smart's situation. He had some interesting answers, via NewsOK.com:
Q: Just because they give their money, does that give a fan the right to scream something?
If a fan screams something at me, I don’t know what that person has been through, you know. He could have or she could have grown up rough or maybe in a single family household. I don’t know what would make somebody scream negative things at somebody, maybe they’re just having fun. In a pro game, I’ve learned to accept it because they pay to watch us play and hey, I appreciate it. Then I go home and I finish watching Breaking Bad. It’s that simple for me. I’m actually on House of Cards now. I just finished Breaking Bad. I wish there was a Season 6 actually, because Breaking Bad was amazing. Have you seen it?
Q: If you could talk to Marcus, what advice would you give?
I don’t know how old he is, but I know at 19 years old when I came out of St. Johns, I was fresh out the hood, fresh out of Queensbridge. So my mentality was still struggle, defensive and things like that. So I wasn’t really conscious. But I’m 34 years old now. He’s a young kid. I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things.
Their two situations may not have been identical, but Smart's actions will likely incur serious consequences from either his team or the NCAA.