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Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 at 12:45 pm  |  140 responses

Metta World Peace Suspended for Sneaky Punch on Brandon Knight (VIDEO)

On Sunday in Detroit, during a scuffle, Metta World Peace sneaked in a quick, upper cut punch on Pistons guard Brandon Knight (after grabbing his neck.) The NBA suspended the Los Angeles Lakers forward for his actions. Per the team website: “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. World Peace will serve his suspension tonight when the Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.”

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  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Any fools out there still think Wade is the dirtiest player in the league? What else does World Peace have to do?

  • http://nasteedunx.wordpress.com/ Nasteedunx

    Maybe he should aim for a name with less potential for willful hypocrisy… like, “Namaste Please Recycle”?

  • Max

    LMAO this dude.
    And could you imagine Maxiell and MWP in a fight?

  • Heat will repeat (reheat?)

    Metta’s definitely one of, if not THE dirtiest, but Wade’s a b*tch….dirty AND he complains when anything comes close to him

  • AQWORD

    I think he reps Americas way of keeping World Peace ideally.

  • speedy

    What’s really stupid is, that he is going at a much smaller dude and afterwards he complains about being ‘hit’.
    A typical Ron Artest move. From time to time his brain just completely shuts down and the evil side takes over.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    anxiety disorders do that unfortunately

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    MWP would win. Crazy beats big everytime….plus MWP is also huge

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Was that “punch” really grounds for a suspension though?

  • Conor

    This League is so soft.

    How does Stu Jackson have a job after being nothing more than a failure for his entire executive career? Disgraceful.

  • Redd

    Wade isn’t dirty, he just plays unfair.

  • spit hot fiyah

    could u imagine mwp and the pistons fans in a fight!? wait…

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    Cmon now, there are HOFers who have gave out ”lovetaps” like these their whole career.

  • KevinJohnsonFan

    Find a superstar who doesn’t beg for calls even when no foul really happened. You won’t be able to do it. Kobe, Wade, LeBron, Durant. All of them do it.

  • shockexchange

    Dude was once the best player on the planet. Now he’s MWP – Complete “___ Waste of Potential”

  • pposse

    Rose

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a one game suspension is not nearly enough. Remember Demarcus Cousins suspension? that was worse than punching another player in the face? LOL, FOR REAL?

  • speedy

    Anxiety? Somehow I like this dude, but this is a b****ass move.

  • Lloyd Price_XU

    MWP might beat a few Pistons fans, but Maxiell would beat his ass everyday of the week and twice on Sunday. Ron got all high-pitched and explanatory when Maxiell came over there. Not surprising of course, but funny to see. Hell in an actual fight Steve Blake would beat MWP, but that’s not really fair b/c Steve is a trained fighter and MWP is just a regular dude. His size would cripple him

  • Happy

    Ain’t that the truth.

  • Happy

    Lies. I don’t have enough fingers to count how many times I’ve seen him throw his hands in the air on calls he thinks he should’ve gotten.

  • theDankerNuggets

    a punch!? really?

  • Lucas

    Does he wanna start another Malace in the Palace? Jeez.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    uhhhhh I don’t care what Steve Blake is MWP has 80 lbs on him and is FUKKKIN CRAZY!!!! He would beat the crap out of him. As for Maxiell, he backed down because even MWP isn’t an idiot anymore. He knows a few more slip ups and he is out of the league for good. But I still stand by, crazy beats big every time

  • Comment_System

    theres a difference between doing that, and mean mugging a ref EVERY.SINGLE.TIME.

  • Comment_System

    Ron just be having flashbacks whenever he plays in the palace.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    This is the best explanation anyone has given.
    “The evil side takes over.”

  • The Philosopher

    Ol’ Artest…
    Shout out to the ABA days.

  • Caboose

    Duncan. Most he ever does is -big eye stare-

  • Caboose

    Who does Metta play for?

  • Caboose

    That’s why all the UFC guys don’t lift weights to get big and just chug random cocktails of pills to get crazy instead.

  • Caboose

    Yup.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    well played, sir. well played.

  • jakethesnake

    jason maxiell woulda whooped that boy’s ass.

  • jakethesnake

    nah, he backed down because he didn’t wanna get worked.

  • MasterSplinter

    This would be the most entertaining and annoying squad to watch for a whole season:
    PG: Russell Westbrook
    SG: Dwayne Wade
    SF: Metta World Peace or DeMarcus Cousins
    PF: Kevin Garnett
    C: Dwight Howard

    Besides this incident, Metta has been solid all season though.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    Artest was once the best player on the planet? Come on now….you have said some stupid sh*t before but this takes the cake.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Junior-Taylor/100003121138419 Junior Taylor

    So throwing a dirty punch makes you tough?

  • shockexchange

    The year he got into the fight with the Pacers, MWP was the best defensive player in the L. He was averaging around 24 ppg, and was the leader of a championship caliber team. Artest was about to become the “face” of the L, especially after purists complained about how all the chucking from certain players was being too glorified, and the lack of fundamentals from high school kids entering the L.

    Artest was a great defender, rebounder and demonstrated leadership and unselfish play for the Pacers who could have won it all. Put it in your diary Junior Taylor. By the way, if you don’t know the meaning of “purist,” look it up.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    yeah but this is way to blatant. David Stern is off his rocker with this one. Especially with the *cough* repeat offender

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Yeah, because the rest of the world has a such a sterling record on foreign matters. Yep, definitely, let’s just gloss over the whole colonialism/empire building segment of world history.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    They would destroy the League, but you should bring Boogie off the bench.

  • shutup

    Add Chris Paul, especially when he was on the Hornets; that dude complained so much and pushed-off so many times…

  • shutup

    Truer words were never written. Why work out when you can get abused as a kid; and become a tough guy.

  • Caboose

    25-5-6 for 7 games makes him the best player on the planet? I didn’t know that Tim Duncan, Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Amare Stoudemire, Dirk Nowitzki, Tracy McGrady, and Allen Iverson all stopped playing in 04-05.

  • Caboose

    What do you mean by “with this one”? He hasn’t had his a$$ in his rocker for years.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i mean this isn’t one where you can be like “well he hates Gregg Popovich” or “it’s the Lakers” — this is Metta World Peace, when it comes to violence and stuff like that, he is bigger than the Lakers. —- maybe the fact that this got so little coverage is the reason he was able to do the Lakers a favor, but idk, to me this is a pretty outrageous oversight.

  • pposse

    okay buddy, the guy with 3 tech fouls his whole career is near the complainer as Kjohnsonfans list goes.

  • MasterSplinter

    My bench would have to be Delonte, Beasley, J.R. Smith, and Lamar Odom

  • Caboose

    Add Javale somewhere.

  • Caboose

    Right behind you on that one. How many games would you give?

  • MasterSplinter

    and Pau Gasol lol….j/k

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    5? No less than 3.

  • Caboose

    Sounds about right

  • shockexchange

    Had he completed that season Artest would have been the MVP. Momentum for him had been building for a few years prior to that. He was bringing a spotlight back to the “dirty work” that had gone unnoticed – defense, rebounding, hustle plays. In addition to putting up 20+ ppg, he was an unselfish leader of one of the top 3 teams in the Eastern Conference. However, he threw it all away for one night of “wilding.”
    Artest was about to become “the face” of the L after people tired volume shooters like Horry Jr or Gilbert Arenas. Put it in your diary Caboose.

  • Initbruv

    He backed down because he wants to stay in the NBA.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh hey BTW……that fantasy league….what’s goin on there?

  • Caboose

    Tired of volume shooters? Ok, Duncan. Nash. Garnett. Shaq. They were the FACE of the league. Artest was never even close.

  • Caboose

    Haha my drop from the top? Injuries KILLED me for two weeks against good teams. I have to bide my time, I’m waiting for some guys to come back come playoff time (Granger, specifically).

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i am about to leapfrog you in the standings this week pimp

  • Caboose

    Well, ambition is a good thing….even if unfounded.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if i beat you 6-3, i make the jump. cuz you got that extra tie on your record. O_O

  • Salty

    Shut up.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    And he raises his hands and whines. You haven’t watched him enough.
    Durant complains less than most, but he still complains. I can’t think of one who doesn’t complain.

  • Caboose

    Haha hear that bit about a 6-3 victory? There’s the flaw in your reasoning.

  • Caboose

    I watch quite a bit of Spurs. Timmy doesn’t throw his hands up terribly often and it is RARE to see him actually jaw at a ref.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    6-3

    6-3

    8-1

    – those are my last 3 weeks.

    .
    you on the other hand?
    3-6
    8-1
    3-6
    .
    UH-OH!!

  • shockexchange

    He was the best defensive player in the L. He was the best player on the Pacers which was one of the favorites to win the title – those are all facts. Had he finished the season, he would have been the MVP for that year. He was the best player in the L. Sorry.

  • The Philosopher

    I did not want to, but… Duncan is notorious with the refs. One ref even implied that he would like to fight Tim Duncan.

  • Caboose

    Haha my roster was in flux, but this past week I was 8-1. So were you. It should be a good matchup. But….well, best of luck.

  • Caboose

    Let’s see, best defensive player in the L? His best Defensive Rating EVER was 96 (not 04-05, either). Tim Duncan’s Defensive Rating wasn’t worse than 96 until 08-09. See how stats can make you look like you’re arguing that ghosts compel you?

  • Caboose

    Haha Crawford?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i need to win the next 3 to 4 weeks. Blue Team is making a big run too. Playoff push is gonna get exciting.

  • Caboose

    No kidding. I’m gambling on a couple injured guys coming back strong.

  • The Philosopher

    And as you know, Duncan said that he would not have a problem fighting him.

  • Caboose

    I wouldn’t have a problem fighting Crawford either.

  • The Philosopher

    Neither would quite a few players, right?

  • shockexchange

    We’ll just have to agree to disagree. Out of curiosity, why should sportswriters even vote for MVP or defensive player of the year? Why not just ask you to send over your Defensive Ratings and PERs and call it a day?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    really just Granger is your only Gamble. well, that and the trade deadline. Which could wreak havoc on your squad – Gortat/Granger/Lakers that really mess with what you get from each place

  • Caboose

    Cause it has to do with team record too. And arguing the Pacers would have had a better record than the Spurs that year is impossible as we’ll never know that answer.

  • Happy

    Well considering the U.S has led pretty much every major war since WWII, and has a direct hand in every current major conflict, I’d say his statement is extremely relevant.

  • Conor

    That was a punch? Look at how his fingers are completely limp. The top of his open-palmed hand grazed Knight’s chin.

    Why was Knight “boxing out” facing M.W.P., anyway?

  • Caboose

    We’ll see. I like my chances.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    oh i think you’ll walk into the playoffs. but not as comfortably as once assumed.

  • Caboose

    Exactly.

  • The Philosopher

    The USA is the youngest modern world power, correct? The youngest “empire”, so to speak?
    The USA is the product of its influences. The product of the times.
    The greatest country in the world.
    And one of the greatest establishments in the history of all of humanity.
    And The United States of America having its hand in all worldly matters, and its status as the country who eats first off of the table, when the course of events are being dictated, is a testament to the unique greatness of the United States.
    You know just as well as I do, that, no one moves until the USA makes the move first.
    This is true.

  • Irishway’s

    U figure the Palace arena would be the last place Metta would throw a punch.. This guys the close thing to Rodman we will ever have. He just don’t care.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Define “major war” since WWII. Seriously, what’s your definition of a major war if it doesn’t involve multiple countries who at least have a past history as a superpower?
    The reality is the United States as a superpower has behaved no worse than any other country behaved as a superpower, and in some ways behaved better since it hasn’t gone about arbitrarily dividing up the second largest continent in the world to get access to its rich resources. Oh wait, we’re just going to ignore the legacy of misery and pain Europe and its ilk gave Africa to enrich all these postage stamp sized countries that lacked the natural resources to thrive on their own? Oh we’re going to ignore how the prosperity of much of the Western word is built on the evil it did in the past? Nope, not on my watch. I’m a black man in America so I have MASSIVE issues with this country, but all you foreign cats with your hoity-toity attitudes crack me up. Get real. The lifestyle you enjoy today is directly tied to the evil your ancestors did in other places, and continue to do today. Get your minds right.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    Thjat is how you are taught to box out a bigger, stronger player. Basketball 101

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    This should not be ignored. Now, Joey Crawford is a hothead, but he never offered to square up with Rasheed Wallace.

  • Happy

    The greatest establishments in all of human history? I stopped reading after that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rainman1991 Saleem Rainman

    this is a win on so many levels lol.

  • Happy

    Yea, me and my born and raised New York foreign behind has to get real because I look at Vietnam, Korea, Iraq, and Afghanistan, Africa, & South America and see conflicts that Allen Powell II doesn’t think qualify as bad behavior for a superpower. Not enough people die for your liking? Not in your face enough for you to care? Not enough unnecessary involvement that lead to millions more deaths?

    You get real. It must be nice staying within one country your whole life getting a favorable, one-sided view of the world. No one said the West as a whole isn’t guiltless. The head of that beast is the U.S, and has been for a while now, as your friend above you so ignorantly bragged about. You being black does nothing for this conversation. I’m black, so what? What’s your point? You think that if you as a black male can have the view of the U.S that you do then the rest of the world shouldn’t be upset that U.S aggression, purely for economic gain, at the expense of human life? The U.S is doing the same things to African nations that all western nations are doing now. Fueling civil wars until their guys win so that U.S interests are still protected at the expense of those natives. Get the hell outta here with your rose colored glasses.

  • Happy

    Carving up the Middle East and nation building isn’t “colonial” enough for you? Oh, wait I get it. If you use puppets it doesn’t count. Sewing discontent in South America, while providing military support to the enemies of any government absent of pro-U.S, right-winged tendencies doesn’t count as being self-serving global police officers, either. Gee Allen, thanks for clearing all of this up for me. It appears that I’m misguided.

  • The Philosopher

    And you are confirming many of my points about why the USA is the greatest country on Earth.
    Question, when disaster occurs, who gets the call?

    That is undisputed greatness.

  • Conor

    You do that and see how many rebounds you get.

  • Happy

    Question, who profits from disaster like the USA? No one.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    The US has always had colonies though, even before WWII–see Hawaii, the Philippines, and Mexico. Post-WWII, the US became the dominant colonial power, and now the Western European countries rely on US imperialism more often than not; they’ve basically formed a united front on foreign policy since then (with a few rare exceptions).

    In fact, the Africans, Chicanos/Latinos, and Native Americans here–all oppressed nationalities–are right now being internally colonized by Anglo-Americans. What are reservations, massively overcrowded prisons, and ghettos if not colonies comparable to a lot Third World countries?

    Also, the US itself is a product of that age of empire building, since
    the men who run the show today are descendants of the Anglo-European
    settlers who committed genocide and slavery against the indigenous peoples back then. It’s a global system of exploitation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    wtf is ur problem? not a fan of the facts of anxiety disorders?

  • wtf?

    You sound like Bill O’Reilly.

  • The Philosopher

    Another reason for the nearly unprecedented greatness that only the U.S. can boast about.
    Some may foul, but, it is what it is…

  • The Philosopher

    Exactly. The product of its influences…

  • The Philosopher

    I appreciate that.
    Because, I respect many of Bill O’Reilly’s views concerning the United States.

  • pposse

    untrue, Dunan definately has his fair share of whining.

  • pposse

    I gotta give it up to MWP in a clinch he seems to be pretty nasty. Thats good boxing technique he put on the youngin. Too bad this is not boxing..this just kind of seems like MWP just put the guy in his place a little bit, just you kno chin checked him, but the form and that uppercut was good technique, I am sure a trainer would attest to that.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Read my comment again. Never said the hands were clean just that everyone’s hands are dirty. And the Middle East is everyone’s baby. You are off base if you think I don’t know this country’s history or motives. I just don’t think it is that different from everyone else.

  • Happy

    And if you read the original comment and the one I posted in response, no one ever said everyone else’s hands weren’t dirty. For whatever reason you had the urge to come to the defense of the U.S war machine as if anyone was giving the rest of the West a pass. That’s not the case.

  • Happy

    That’s disturbing.

  • Happy

    There is nothing unprecedented about a euro-centric nation taking advantage of non-whites using pure hypocrisy. Read a book.

  • initbruv

    America has good proud moments in its history and shameful ones too. Reason being that politics is a human enterprise and humans are inconsistent and often sh*tty.

  • initbruv

    That was supposed to be to Happy.

  • shockexchange

    Like the Shock Exchange said earlier, MWP – a complete “____ Waste of Potential.” Now he thinks he’s one-half of the “Minnesota Wrecking Crew,” resorting to putting 180l1b PG’s in the old school head lock and throwing a sucker punch.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    You are the f*ckin man, Happy.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    all due respect to Allen though, he’s my dude too… but I gotta agree 100% with Happy’s arguments here.

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Allen, here’s one major conflict: The First and Second Congolese wars. 10 million people killed and counting. This is the largest international conflict since WWII. The US most definitely plunders Africa and has replaced France and Britain as the colonizer of many of these countries. None of that excuses what the Europeans did (and are still doing), but we have to know that they work together… US imperialism and European imperialism are inseparably linked. Like I said, it’s a global system of exploitation perpetuated by the West.

    The US is now deploying troops to 35 African countries. They are carving up Africa as we speak, as evident in Libya and now Mali. Check this article out:

    http://johnpilger.com/articles/the-real-invasion-of-africa-is-not-news-and-a-licence-to-lie-is-hollywoods-gift

  • fruizm

    Wait…did you just say Mexico was a US colony?

  • Teddy-the-Bear

    Yes. What do you call California and Texas? Why is there a state called New Mexico? The US colonized a huge portion of Mexico in a brutal, disgusting invasion. And the part of Mexico that wasn’t actually physically occupied by white settlers, i.e. the actual state of Mexico, is today a US neo-colony.

  • Caboose

    Oh I agree he wasted potential. But, like many guys whose career didn’t reach its peak, said peak is often lower than the public thinks it is (Penny, Larry, Coleman, Curry, Jay Will, Washburn, Bias). Artest fits squarely in this category, as will DMC someday.

  • Caboose

    No no, he has said WAY stupider sh*t than that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shazz-Baric/100001487950708 Shazz Baric

    i read the political discussion below on a basketball article and realize that Ron Artest was a genius :)

  • LLC#12

    I cannot envision any measure by which the USA is the greatest country in the world. In my opinion, influence is not a measure of greatness, and the USA “achieves” little more than you would expect from a country with such a disgustingly large military spending. “no one moves until the USA makes the move first” I’m sorry but that is nothing to be proud of, the world expects the USA to “move first”. If Germany or Japan or Australia or anywhere spent more money on their military than the rest of the top 10 combined (as the USA currently does) then the world would expect them to “move first” instead. 4.7% of your GDP goes on military spending whilst your “healthcare” is only the 37th best in the world? and surely, “the greatest country in the world” could manage a quality of life ranking of better than 13th? I have a lot of respect for the USA and their role within the global community, but to claim it to be the greatest country in the world is as misguided as it is arrogant.

  • Mike From Spain

    California, Texas, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado, Arizona, Utah, a bit of Kansas… these were Mexico at some point in time if I am not mistaken.

  • Mike From Spain

    US is the crunch time go-to closer of international politics

  • Happy

    The U.S is Israel’s biggest enabler. That’s a fact the rest of the world will pay dearly for in the near future. I’m certain of that.

  • Happy

    LOL thanks dude. Your knowledge on here is like a breathe of fresh air.

  • z

    You make a solid point. My question is why shouldn’t we, as the “greatest nation in history” look to be better? Just bcuz everyone’s hands are dirty doesn’t mean those who claim moral authority can dirty their hands purely for personal monetary gain. That’s what we Americans often do

  • z

    And i, as usual, agree 100% with yours and thusly , happy’s as well.

  • z

    Im just surprised that an o’reilly supporter actually knows what philosophy is and doesnt think its for those liberal muslim lovin baby killin obamaites…

  • z

    God i love you for spreading knowledge so i don’t have to test my patience on some of these brainwashed morons.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange thinks you’re being a little too harsh on Artest. For that one season, and must of the prior season, he was the best player in the L. All Indiana had to do was lead Indiana to the chip and critics would see him in the same light as other champions.

  • The Philosopher

    All of those points are valid, and full of truth.
    But again, when the chips are down, the USA gets the call. Every time. Every single time.

  • The Philosopher

    Exactly…

  • The Philosopher

    And why shouldn’t the U.S. profit from disasters?
    The U.S. brings the goods in the time(s) of calamity.
    People who supply relief shouldn’t get paid?

  • The Philosopher

    It may be arrogant… and full of confidence.
    But you, as well, are repeating remnants of my argument(s).
    Not being proud of the status of the U.S. on the world stage… I disagree with you on that.
    But I respect your view(s), and your opinion(s).

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    I agree with you Teddy. And I will acknowledge that I jumped to some conclusions with Happy and I apologize for that. His tone reminded of the smugness often exhibited by certain non-Americans and I took a shot at him without knowing all the facts. That was wrong. I stand by what I wrote about the history of the world and the hypocrisy of so many European nations casting stones, but clearly it didn’t apply to his motivations.

  • http://twitter.com/apowellAdvocate Allen Powell II

    One problem with that article is the idea that China doesn’t use violence in Africa to advance its goals. Other than that, it makes perfect sense. The United States had an early advantage over most European countries in that it didn’t have to turn to wholesale colonialism to become wealthy because it held on to slavery longer, and it just took the rest of the country from the folks who had it first, which injected natural resources. Now we’ve pretty much tapped that out and in order to create the economic growth needed to sustain the current divide between wealthy and poor, and maintain a standard of living that will keep most Americans docile, we need new resources. But it’s not “they” who do it. It’s “us.” Americans, all of us, are complicit in what’s happening. This nice Internet, our nice homes, roads and general standard of living are tied to the way this country behaves in other places. I think people like to ignore that salient fact when having this discussion. Even those people who oppose America vehemently benefit greatly from its ridiculous practices if the live in this country.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    This is a little too blatant tho. Stern is off his rocker

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    The goal is to keep them off the glass so your teammate can get the board. It is not about you getting a rebound. Teams did this with Rodman.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    oh wow… knight looks like a child compared to him. mwp is a sack of sh*t

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    suspend this ni66a with no pay

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