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It’s been 8 years since Metta World Peace helped make the Mallice in the Palace one of the worst moments and fights in sports history. He’s changed his name and changed teams a few times since but he’s still the talented player that finds himself in one too many situations like this where he ends up physically harming opponents while playing innocent and/or ignorant to his actions.
Today Metta returned to the scene of the crime at the Palace and found himself getting tangled with the Piston’s Brandon Knight. In the middle of the tangle, Knight and many viewers felt that Metta threw a punch.
“The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch,” Knight told reporters after the game. “It felt like he threw a punch. That’s why I reacted the way I did.
“The play was over and he grabbed me around the neck. If someone grabs you around the neck, you’re not just going to let that happen. You do what you need to get that person off you.”
Metta, of course, seemed like it was no big deal and downplayed the incident after the game.
“He’s a small guy. He was trying his hardest to keep me off him. He worked hard, man,” World Peace said. “That kid, I don’t know where he’s from, I don’t know what school he went to, because he was guarding me and I was crashing the boards.
“He’s a tough kid, man. He tried to keep me off the glass and he did a good job. That’s all I can say. He’s a tough kid, very great. He’s a tough point guard or shooting guard or whatever he is.”
That tough kid will get his wish and the NBA will review and have a lot more to say than Metta and I’m pretty sure those words will be delivered with a fine if not a suspension.
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