Tuesday, April 24th, 2012 at 8:15 pm  |  95 responses

Metta World Peace Suspended 7 Games for Elbowing James Harden in the Head

by Marcel Mutoni @marcel_mutoni

As expected, the NBA came down hard on Metta World Peace for his elbow to the head of James Harden this past Sunday, which resulted in a concussion for the OKC Thunder’s star forward.

The League suspended MWP for seven games, without pay. He’ll begin serving the suspension on Thursday night, in the Los Angeles Lakers’ final regular season game.

Per the official press release:

The Lakers’ Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games without pay for striking the Thunder’s James Harden in the head with his elbow, the NBA announced today. [...] “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. “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 begin with the Lakers’ next game at Sacramento on April 26. The remaining games of the suspension will be served over the next six games in which the player is eligible and physically able to play, including this season’s playoffs.

Considering the outrage expressed by everyone from fans, media and opponents, Metta World Peace’s punishment from the NBA is tough but fair. What he did was indefensible, and he’s lucky the League didn’t overreact and keep him off the court even longer.

As for James Harden, there’s no telling when he’ll play again. He’s currently listed as day-to-day, but appears to be in good spirits and his teammates seem to believe he’ll bounce back from the concussion, and be ready to go once the Playoffs start.

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  • Sesa

    And the discussion for how long MWP should be suspended continues…

  • http://www.slamonline.com Slick Ric

    I think its fair.

  • GeeCyrous

    That’s too much.. NBA is too soft!

  • OkC

    I said 5 games but 7 is cool with me

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Pretty much exactly what I expected

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/nba/2012/04/metta-world-peace-suspended-7-games-for-elbowing-james-harden-in-the-head/ thePhoenix

    They should suspend him for as long as Harden is ruled, by neutral doctors, to be unable to play. Perhaps with a minimum of X games to show that the conduct is inexcusable even if Harden returned immediately.

  • thebugg

    Not long enough. Should be out the entire playoffs.

  • Griffin

    I think 4 games no pay would’ve made more sense. 7 games is ridiculous. But I could understand why the NBA gave him 7 because if not, they would be brutally criticized


    Artest will be back for game 7 in round one against the Mavs. Can’t wait! lol

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    I expected 10, but I suppose given a condensed season, 7 is fair.

  • Marcel

    I agree with thebugg

  • Moj

    The truth is that the suspension doesn’t really make a big difference, nobody in the West are getting past the Spurs this year. But it probably should’ve been a bit longer because of the concussion/ Artest’s history.

  • Quincy Douby

    ^ wow

  • rand33p

    nobody getting past the Spurs? guarantee they don’t make it past 2 rounds … either IMO Lakers, OKC, Grizz are the top 3 in West.. even though Spurs have done a great job this year (just like they did last year)

  • http://ZOGS.COM ZOGS



  • Griffin


  • http://www.nba.com VanCityBBall

    is harden still a canidate for 6th MOTY even with this injury?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Is that really your website on your link I just clicked on it by accident.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Chubachuchi

    Intended for ZOGS.

  • Jerome

    Good one Zogs. Lakers are done if there are/is Basketball God(s). Meaning no Chip for them. Too soft … take your UFC watching, douche drippin’ ass out of here.

  • http://Slamonline.com nbk

    Van there are two games left in the reg season. Harden won the award, it’s a given.

  • Jerome

    Somebody that plays hockey should understand the severity of elbows and concussions. Zogs has suffered a few already apparently.

  • Mariano

    Just for the people saying that Spurs are not even top 3 in the West: Spurs swept the season series against Memphis, destroyed LA 2 consecutive games, and beat OKC 2 consecutive games. The difference between this year and last year’s Spurs is that they’re deeper, they’re better defensively AND offensively, AND most of all, they’re on a hot streak. For those that don’t recall, the Spurs were really cold during the last 12 games last year, losing 8 out of those 12, INCLUDING one against Memphis.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    Ron Artest may actually back on the court before James Harden is. Good for you, Artest. I guess he hasn’t met the 100th person yet…..(for those who don’t know, it’s the person that makes you pay for the 99 other you abused, cheated…etc) but it will happen. LOL.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=542782613 The White Steve Smith

    7 games is a bit excessive

  • http://Roosterteeth.com Caboose

    Hey Slam, you should put up a poll of: “Was Metta’s suspension appropriate?” with A) Not enough. B) Too much. C) Pretty fair.

  • shutup

    Mariano your forgetting the most important thing, they are healthy. Last year the big three were all injured or hobbled going into the playoffs. Keep sleeping on the Spurs. @berkamore never heard of that before is it from a book, movie or article?

  • Drig

    Well…….let’s see. Harden looks like he can make the 1st round matches quite easily and Metta will probably have to wait till round 2……or till next season. Barnes is injured as well…….

  • RunNGun

    Seven games? Seems like a slap on the wrist. I was thinking maybe 12 games max… oh well.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What Artest did was pretty despicable, and I wouldn’t have complained at all if his suspension was longer, but nobody in the history of the league (as far as I know) has been suspended for a lenghth “pending the other player’s recovery.” Remember a few seasons back when Andrew Bynum collapsed one of Gerald Wallace’s lungs doing the same forearm shiver he did to Barrea? Was Bynum even suspended for that?

  • http://www.kb24.com The Seed

    Should have been the 1st round playoff series, 7 games is too much, Harden got in his way and caught an elbow. I don’t think Peace was aiming for his head. Harden is the blamed too and also Harden needs to get big and get up from that. Harden acting like he never been hit or knocked down before. MWP will be back, thanks for resting him NBA. BOOK IT!!

  • MikeC.

    Totally fair suspension. The elbow was an obviously violent act that has no place on a basketball court. Bust that out if you find yourself in the middle of a vicious cockfight, but tuck it away when you’re playing ball. Learn and move on.
    @Jerome – I think ZOGS’ comment was meant to be sarcastic. I hope so anyway.

  • http://www.yahoo.com berkamore

    @ Shutup,

    Read that in a novel. Don’t remember which one. I guess it’s another way of saying that karma exists. Here’s what I think: you can get away with things once or a few times but you should know when to stop. And well, when there are no consequences, some people don’t stop and eventually get caught and/or face serious consequences. Sorry, didn’t want to be that philosophical. LOL.

  • http://Slamonline.com Kevin Durant’s Backpack

    Metta world problems should be kicked out of the L right now. Stupid David stern.

  • Mariano

    @shutup Yeah, that too lol. I just didn’t wanna make my comment too long, but yeah, health is definitely the most important thing right now.

  • Lakeshow

    NBA made an example outta this dude! That shot just grazed his head, it looked bad on the replay the way his elbow slipped because Harden’s face was sweaty. IMO that hit was a flop by Harden… toughing up and stop acting like a little baby,

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    Its not illegal to get in somebody’s way in basketball, but it is definitely illegal to throw an elbow head shot, shit that move is not even legal in the NFL and they have helmets. I don’t even see how anybody can blame Harden for this

  • Omnixyience

    The Lakers are facing Denver on the first round.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher


  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Just kidding.

  • http://www.thesmashbrothas.com zen garden

    Meh, fair enough.


    This is a joke. Way too much. It was an accident harden is a diving fool

  • http://www.slamonline.com Red

    Spurs won’t go all the way…I mean I hope nobody seriously believes that. But I was thinking 5 games 7 is a bit much.

  • robb

    I think is fair

  • http://slamonline house

    1. Not a harsh enough penalty, should be for entirety of playoffs.

    2. Zogs is a trolling fool.

    That is all.

  • http://www.borntocompete.com Money$hot

    That elbow wouldn’t even be legal in the NFL and they wear helmets, Ron will be back in the second round and do some crazy shit next year and the NBA will deserve it

  • bravo

    Zogs i agree 100%.

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    1. I hate people that love the Lakers on this site minus 3 peeps I can think of.
    2. This is what I expected andam pleased with the L’s call on this one.
    3. Holy freakin balls playoffs are practically here!

  • http://slamonline.com LakeShow

    Kevin Durant’s Back Pack
    The White Steve Smith
    Rik Smits Mullet
    The black Rick Kamla
    Wow we are an ecclectic bunch aren’t we lmmfreakinao.

  • riggs

    @BRYANT BYNUM GASOL 24 17 16 : i want to elbow you in the back of the head like that and see how you keep from falling. Idiot.

  • Baron Davis’s Beard

    Lets go peace

  • http://Www.freeones.com Baron Davis’s Beard


  • FuManShoes

    Man, some of you cats are delusional. 1) Metta cold cocked Harden in the head with intent and full force and it doesn’t matter one iota if Harden was talking smack or got in his way. You pull that on the street and you’re looking at an assault charge. 2) Metta Hothead has already been suspended for 101 games in his career and is pretty much certifiably crazy. How much is enough? Playing in the League is no God-given right. What kind of screwed up life and perspective does this guy have that he continues to lose his shit year after year? Enough! Ban his ass right now or give him an ultimatum: out the the rest of the year and if he pulls this again, that’s it, he’s done.

  • Top$helf

    What a bunch of Laker loving idiots we have here


    Screw you Riggs I’m shaking in my shoes right now

  • tonyknorr

    Why the hell is tonyknorr’s e-mail in my box WTF SLAM


    Apoligies to Tonyknorr for posting as him. Slam this has happened multiple times to people so stop taking our e-mails if you will show them to everybody. Fu*k you SLAM

  • doyouwantmore

    It would be fair if the seven-game suspension starts the day that Harden plays his first game back after a full recovery.

  • Moj

    Man, people really are sleeping on the Spurs. Puzzling.

  • K.a.

    Sounds abt right. I felt like everybody was overreacting. Ron is still a goon n i hope harden is ok. Go spurs!


    I keep saying it hardens a diver


    Oooo maybe James harden and riggs will beat me up I’m hiding in my closet!!! Excuse me for speaking the truth


    I also said this before harden has a foot fetish nuff said


    ^^^ more like Yo Mommas muff diver ^^^

  • EJ

    Lets hope LA faces OKC in the playoffs, that’d be awesome after this.

  • http://www.slamonline.com TADOne

    Should have been kicked out of the league.

  • westsideisthabestside

    harden walked in to him it was hardens fault 4 challengin artest

  • westsideisthabestside

    shaq never got suspended for throwin elbows

  • westsideisthabestside

    and that dunk over durant was badass

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    I would have accepted it, if that was Metta’s last game in the NBA.

  • Mid Bear

    All suspensions should be for the time the injured player can’t play plus a few games.
    At least suspensions when the player obviously tried to hit the other player.

  • Yesse

    Saw that coming.

  • Dingo Rob

    I was hoping for 10

  • EJ

    Kicked out of the league?? 7 game suspension is just about right. Did he get fined, or can you even get fined for this?

  • Larry Johnson’s Gold Tooth

    i dont think 7 games are enough should have been out for the playoffs….he will do it again or something like it . It is only a matter of time with this dude.

  • lakernation

    I was spot on in my previous post about the suspension…. First round of the playoffs is what I expected and well deserved for the elbow. Just enough time for the Lakers to win the first round and make it back to OKC for the 2 vs. 3 second round series. If both teams make it out of the first round this is going to be good for TV. Great way to welcome back MWP! LET THE GAMES BEGIN!

  • KBthaKilla

    Lol all these LA fans mad because Harden HOOPS on ‘em every time!

  • ALD

    For these Spurs fans… you’d think you’d know by now that season records vs another team mean squat once the playoffs come. The Spurs, just like last year, will be exposed by Memphis in the second round. They are younger, a year more experienced and hungrier. Book it!

  • Ivelisse

    Metta World Peace needs to change his name again cause there’s nothing peaceful about him. He’s a basketball player not a wrestler

  • bike

    Pathetic. NBA blew it. Artest has impulse control issues. He’s most dangerous when he is playing well and aggressive. He will blow this off, won’t mean a thing to him, and it will happen again.

  • Dennis Reyes

    its fair..but i want to see metta world peace be elbowed in the head by some1 bigger than him..shaq maybe?..hahah hopin to see lakers GET a ZERO again this play-offs..especially from OKC..

  • @boweezy24

    Should Of Fined Him Nig Bucks and Suspend Him 3 Games. Sounds Good. MWP Will Be Back! Elbow Some1 Else Too. :)

  • @boweezy24

    Should Of Fined Him Big ** Bucks and Suspend Him 3 Games. Sounds Good. MWP Will Be Back! Elbow Some1 Else Too. :)

  • ClydeSays

    Well, he gets over 300k of salary subtracted for those games, so that’s a decent fine.

    For the dudes saying the NBA is soft, this was not a play for the ball. If Ron had possession & Harden was going for the ball, then all bets are off. But to do that kind of isht when the ball is out of bounds & no one has possession, is just nuts.

  • dee

    Laker fan 4 life but MWP got off easy…with his history, I could’ve seen Stern suspend him for the playoffs. Maybe it was the fact that MWP has shown improvment with his behavior, afterall he is the reigning NBA citzen of the year. Maybe Hardin admitted that he attempted to draw a tech from MWP after he dunked the ball b/c he shown nuff walked right into MWP before he was knocked out. You see NBA players swinging their elbows very reckless after rebounds and I guess those players are lucky no one got hurt yet…Remember Shaq taking a swing and missing the back of the head of Greg Foster?(playoff series agaist Utah) If he would’ve connected, it would’ve seriously hurt dude possibly ending his career…That swing had more intent than that elbow did. MWP should’ve held a press conference to apologize to Hardin, his family, the Lakers as well as his family. What if Hardin career is over b/c of this? Sure basketball is not football but you never know how a blow to the head will affect someone long term…MWP was probably playing his best basketball since his allstar year, he shed the weight and he’s someone you have to pay attention to…now for all the work he’s put in rebuilding his image, he now has to work even harder now to stay in the league.




    It was an accident Stern is trying to screw with the Lakers again and harden can go lick Adam silver’s feet


    It was an accident!!!! Harden sucks

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    They can’t suspend him for too long.
    He’ll be a target. Players will try to goad him to lose his mind, so when he goes off, he’ll lose like, a million games.
    I think(not that it matters) that justice was done.

  • http://slamonline.com The Philosopher

    Oh, and I’m a Laker for life.

  • DreDay

    It’s been made clear to me that ALL/MOST LAKER fans are idiots. My girl is a Laker fan and she’s not wrapped too tight. haha
    How in the hell can you justify what this nut job (MWP/RonRon) did? I get the sarcasm but good grief that shit is getting old. 7 games is cool with me. The Lakers probably won’t make it out the first round anyhow.
    GO BULLS!!

  • DreDay

    Harden was killing the Lake Show ALL year anyway. lol
    Them LA Boys ALWAYS come home and kill the Lakers. I LOVE IT!!!

  • alex80

    Expensive stupidity

  • http://kabjsdf.com.uk 21stLuckies

    I think 7 games is not much,I think he desrves more suspended games….

  • http://kabjsdf.com.uk 21stLuckies

    world peace is not a name that he deserves,he deserves the name Metta World Wreckliest Wrestler