OKLAHOMA CITY — If there ever was an authority on flagrant fouls and player discipline, it’s Metta World Peace.
The Lakers forward formerly known as Ron Artest surprisingly takes no offense to the Thunder forward Serge Ibaka escaping with only a $25,000 fine despite drawing a flagrant foul type 2 for punching Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the groin area. Even if it means the Lakers will have to play a full-fledged Thunder squad tonight with Ibaka in the lineup.
“He probably got a pass,” World Peace said. “He hasn’t had any problems. He deserves a pass.”
Ibaka hasn’t served any other punishment in his four-year NBA career. But his colleagues weren’t as forgiving as World Peace.
Heat forward LeBron James tweeted his displeasure that Ibaka’s punishment hardly fit the one given to teammate Dwyane Wade, who was suspended for one game and fined $150,000 for kicking Charlotte guard Ramon Sessions.
“Let me or @mettaworldpeace do that & I guarantee its a 5game suspension,” tweeted Clippers forward Matt Barnes, who played for the Lakers the past two seasons. “I luv *how* there are different rules, for different people!”
World Peace has drawn 11 suspension for 2003 and will 11th suspension since 2003. He missed seven games last season for elbowing James Harden in the head. In 2004, the former Artest drew an 86-game suspension after the Palace Brawl in Auburn Hills. World Peace also drew a one-game suspension this year after the NBA determined he struck the jaw of Detroit guard Brandon Knight.
World Peace suggested he would’ve exercised diplomacy if an opponent hit him in the groin area.
“I don’t expect nobody to hit me,” World Peace said. “I’d probably have no reaction.”
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