(NEW YORK) — Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended seven games for hitting Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden with an elbow on Sunday.
“The concussion suffered by James Harden demonstrates the danger posed by violent acts of this kind, particularly when they are directed at the head area,” NBA Commissioner David Stern said on Tuesday. “We remain committed to taking necessary measures to protect the safety of NBA players, including the imposition of appropriate penalties for players with a history of on-court altercations.”
The suspension will be effective immediately and begin on April 26 against the Sacramento Kings. The next six games will carry over into the playoffs. If the Lakers do not play six games in the playoffs, the suspension will carry over into next season.
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