Metta World Peace reacts to Kansas-Kansas State brawl
During his 17-year NBA career, Metta World Peace, formerly known as Ron Artest, had a reputation as an energetic, hot-headed and tough player. He was a key component of the infamous “Malice at the Palace” that occurred in 2004 when he was on the Indiana Pacers.
It may not be as prevalent as it is in a sport like hockey, but basketball can obviously get heated, resulting in the occasional fight. One such occurrence happened at the end of the college basketball matchup between the rival Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas State Wildcats on Tuesday.
At the end of the game, Kansas big man Silvio De Sousa viciously blocked a layup as time was expiring and then stood over the downed Kansas State player. The move led to a bench-clearing brawl between the two teams, with punches thrown and De Sousa wielding a chair.
Kansas head coach Bill Self announced Wednesday that De Sousa would be suspended indefinitely for his role in the fight.
As someone who was known for his on-court antics as a player, World Peace took to Twitter to react to the college basketball fight:
I would to speaks without both sides on the benefits of keeping your head and cons of not. It’s a really important piece in my sports initiative with https://t.co/ZkgIg5NySG . Teamwork and focus https://t.co/eOe9Mj5mJ3
— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorld37) January 22, 2020
For his career, the 6-foot-6 small forward averaged 13.2 points, 4.5 rebounds 2.7 assists and 1.7 steals per game. World Peace was also named to the NBA’s All-Defensive Team four times, was named 2004 Defensive Player of the Year, and was named to one All-Star Game.
It does seem like Metta World Peace is trying to distance himself from his past reputation with his basketball initiative XvsX Sports, which helps players implement on teamwork and focus into the sport