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Metta World Peace suspended for ‘striking’ Brandon Knight

NBA release:

Metta World Peace of the Los Angeles Lakers has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing Brandon Knight of the Detroit Pistons around the neck and striking him in the jaw, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

The incident occurred with 1:43 remaining in the 2nd period, of the Lakers’ 98-97 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday, Feb. 3 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

As I wrote yesterday, World Peace probably wouldn’t get the benefit of the doubt from the league office, and he didn’t. Also, good for Brandon Knight for calling for the incident to be reviewed. Hopefully, this is a little vindication for him.


  • Feb 6, 20138:07 am
    by Ryank


    It was clear that Knight didn’t have the strength to pull away from Artest when he hooked him around the neck.  A knee or kick to the nuts would have been very appropriate at the moment.  Knight was trying to get away, he should have taken Artest out instead.

    • Feb 6, 201312:41 pm
      by tarsier


      Do you listen to yourself? A knee or kick to the nuts would constitute assault. There are very few situations in life in which that would be appropriate. This wasn’t one of them.

      Use this little guideline to determine whether a violent action is appropriate:

      If it will subdue and defuse what otherwise appears to be a violent situation that is continuing (as in, someone is beating up someone else and continuing to do so, not they just did beat up someone else and are now “getting away with it”), it is appropriate.

      If it will represent an escalation of violence or is likely to result in an escalation of violence (like someone is holding you and you strike them), it is inappropriate.

    • Feb 6, 20131:48 pm
      by G


      Kick Artest in the nuts? That’s a good way to get into a fight you can’t win.

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