Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, was the topic of conversation Sunday night.
In the second quarter of the Lakers, Metta World Peace slammed Oklahoma City’s James Harden in the face with his elbow, having fans across the nation asking for some peace.
The player was later ejected after officials looked over the play and slapped him with a “flagrant foul 2.”
It wasn’t intentional claims the Lakers star who was celebrating a dunk when he pounded his elbow into the Thunder player’s face and sent him to the floor. He later apologized to Harden through a statement he issued during the game.
“During that play I just dunked on (Kevin) Durant and (Serge) Ibaka and I got really emotional and excited and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with an unintentional elbow,” He said.
“I hope he’s OK. The Thunder, they’re playing for a championship this year, so I hope that he’s OK and I apologize to the Thunder and to James Harden,” he said. “You know, it was such a great game and it was unfortunate so much emotion was going on at that time.”
And if that wasn’t enough he even took to Twitter to comment, tweeting, “Hope James Hardin (sic) is ok…” and then “I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way.. I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game…”
But Metta World Peace wasn’t satisfied and took to Twitter once again, “I just watched the replay again….. Oooo.. My celebration of the dunk really was too much… Didn’t even see James ….. Omg… Looks bad,” he tweeted.
While many believe it would, his ejection didn’t hurt the Lakers who came back to win in overtime 116-114. According to Fox, the Lakers have the third seed in the Western Conference playoff race and hold a 0.5 game lead over the Clippers in the Pacific Division.
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