This is my inaugural post on my blog, so I will get straight to the point. There needs to be an end to world peace--Metta World Peace that is. I'm sure you all saw the infamous elbow shot to the side of James Harden's head. If you haven't seen it well, here it is. The elbow shot was as dubious as Ron Artest changing his name to the aforementioned, World Peace. Which is an oxymoron in itself, because he's the complete opposite of what his name demonstrates. At least as far as on the court. Whether or not you believe the elbow shot was intentional is up to you. You ask me, it seemed intentional and Artest was well aware of what he was doing. This does not belong in basketball, period. End of story. If Stern wants to send a message, he should suspend, the artist formerly known as Artest, for the rest of the year. I would go as far as banning him from the NBA for the rest of his career with no shot at the Hall of Fame. As despicable as what Pete Rose did, it was nothing on the level of what WP did in the Palace of Auburn Hills. He embarrassed the NBA in what had to be the most pathetic display ever seen in a sports venue when he leaped into the stands. For that alone, World Peace should have never saw an NBA court again. Yet, he was allowed back and unfortunately won a ring. He's proven since then, that he's still the headcase and dirty player that he's always been. I think this has to be the last straw. This guy just doesn't get it. Why allow such a selfish, headcase, dirty basketball player continue to give black eye after black eye to the NBA? Professional sports' athletes have responsibilities in how they handle themselves on and off the field/court/etc.. They get paid substantially because they are more physically talented and gifted than the average person. With great power does come great responsibility.
What if World Peace wanted world peace and Harden wanted world war.
I understand that athletes are human. We all make mistakes. At some point, you have to draw the line. WP has made far too many mistakes, including the mistake of all mistakes, fighting fans. Sure, fans can be assjacks, and I can understand if an athlete wants to kick our rear ends. I could understand if WP would want to kick my rear end if he were ever to read this disposition. He's human isn't he? Or is he? Could his antics just be an act for attention, and is he trolling us all to get a reaction? Nobody knows what's going on in that head of his. I have no problem with WP personally. Heck, I don't even know the man. I'm sure he's a nice, smart, and riveting chap. Certainly he's a philanthropist and I respect that. The problem I have with WP is it's just been too many mistakes on the court. This has to be it. I'm certain Stern won't suspend him for the year for this latest act, but he should seriously consider it, and should consider banning him from basketball for the rest of his life. WP has been given too many chances, and he keeps making the most egregious mistakes. Think about how Goodell lays down the hammer in the NFL. Stern has to put his foot down. Imagine if any NFL player would go as far as fighting fans as WP did? Goodell would probably ban that player from the NFL for life. The fact that Stern let WP back into the NBA should have drawn more criticism than it did. The fact that these egregious acts from him are continuing just further verifies that WP should never have been allowed back into the league. Imagine if Harden's concussion symptoms became season or even career threatening? You let WP play in another basketball game, and another one of these scenarios will happen again. With WP, there is always something, and it's usually egregious. I'm all for world peace, but not Metta World Peace.