(LOS ANGELES) — After being suspended Tuesday for seven games for his hit on Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden, the artist formally known as Ron Artest, Metta World Peace, spoke about the punishment laid down by NBA Commissioner David Stern.
“It was a brutal elbow,” said World Peace. “During that possession there was so much passion, when I’m out there on that court that passion bottled up.”
World Peace admitted that his emotions got the best of him but the elbow to Harden wasn’t meant to cause harm.
“It seemed like anger but it was a lot of passion involved, it was erratic fire, erratic passion, it was just way too much,” said World Peace.
Lakers head coach Mike Brown said his forward will have to make sure that a move like this doesn’t happen again.
World Peace will miss Thursday’s game against the Kings; he will serve the remainder of his suspension during the playoffs. If the Lakers do not play six games in the playoffs, the remaining games will be added on next season.
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Jill Martin, CNN
Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire