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Metta World Peace Ejected from Italian League Playoff Game After Earning Five Fouls in One Minute (Video)
In case you were wondering what ever happened to Metta World Peace, the basketball player formerly known as Ron Artest, turns out after playing a year in China he wound up in Italy this year, playing for Cantu of Legabasket Serie A. Also, judging by his jersey, he seems to have changed his named from Metta World Peace to The Panda’s Friend.
Don’t let the name change fool you, though. Metta Panda Artest is still the same old Metta Panda Artest that we’ve come to know and love. And by that I mean he’s still doing crazy things…like committing five fouls in one minute and getting ejected from a win-or-go-home playoff game with only three minutes left and his team trailing by eight.
No really, that’s what happened on Wednesday night. With three minutes to play in the final game of the best-of-five series between Cantu and Venezia, there was a very minor scuffle between one Cantu player and one Venezia player that resulted in matching technicals. Then, after things had settled down, Artest became upset about something, so he walked up to a group of players and shoved somebody.
Obviously, everybody got a little riled up at that point, but by NBA standards the conflict was fairly tame. However, the referees conferred for a few minutes afterward and apparently decided that Metta had to go. So they assessed Metta Panda Artest with three personal fouls, which brought his total up to five and earned him an automatic ejection.
Seriously, here’s the official play-by-play:
Now take a look at the video:
So what really happened there?
According to one article, the league announced after the game that Metta Panda Artest would be suspended two games for “actions specifically intended to incite the crowd,” or something to that effect. Meanwhile, another article seems to say the refs ejected Metta Panda Artest after he pretended to throw a water bottle. So my guess is he pretended to throw a water bottle at the crowd, and that’s why the refs ejected him. But I’m gonna be honest, my Italian’s a bit rusty.