Metta World Peace, aka Ron Artest, aka thug got a slap on the wrist punishment for his nasty and thuggish hit on Jame Harden's head by Stu Jackson of the NBA.
From ESPN: The NBA responded to Metta World Peace's latest act of aggression with a seven-game suspension that will lighten the Los Angeles Lakers troublemaker's wallet and playoff schedule.
World Peace was suspended on Tuesday for throwing a vicious elbow at Oklahoma City's James Harden, keeping the Lakers' starting small forward sidelined for most of the first postseason round.
Peace was ejected from Sunday's game against the Thunder for striking
Harden in the head with the back of his elbow, giving Oklahoma City's
top reserve a concussion. The former Ron Artest claimed the blow was an
accidental, overzealous celebration of a dunk, yet even Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammates weren't defending his inexplicable actions.
This is the video of the thuggish behavior. The main reason the punishment is a joke is that Peace is going to lose only 1 game paycheck and the rest is playoff money. So, the financial penalty is nothing. NBA players don't get their contract pay during the playoffs. In the playoffs, they share a pool of money which is much less than most players contracted pay, and it is possible that World Peace will be able to share in this money.
Meanwhile Harden is day to day and may miss several games.
But World Peace, when he was Ron Artest, was suspended for 86 games for this incident:
World Peace/Artest is a thug but yet the NBA tolerates his thuggish behavior. What is it going to take for the NBA to rid the NBA of thugs like Artest/World Peace, a death? Probably not, that would only be a 15 game suspension. Another reason why the NBA is a joke.
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