Metta World Peace #15 of the Los Angeles Lakers leaves the court after being ejected for hitting James Harden #13 of the Oklahoma City Thunder at Staples Center on April 22, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. The Lakers won 114-106 in double overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Getty Images)more pics » Metta World Peace (Getty Images)
He changed his name to Metta World Peace
. But that didn't stop Ron Artest
from getting violent against the Oklahoma Thunder on Sunday April 22.
Though the Lakers won that game in double OT, no one's going to remember the score in the future. What people will remember, however, is the violent elbow Metta World Peace threw at James Hardin in the game. For those who didn't watch, the Lakers star was ejected for the flagrant foul. You can watch video of the elbow below.
But first, let's take a look at Metta World Peace's response -- and apology -- via Twitter. Of course, we use the word "apology" loosely here.
"Hope James Hardin is ok... I remember when I hit by Marc Gasol the same way... I was spitting up blood and a headache during the game..." he wrote.
Translation: He appears to be sorry that the guy got hit, but not exactly sorry that he hit the guy. But we guess that's a step in the right direction.
As fans await to hear how the NBA will react to the elbow -- how many games (if any) will Metta World Peace be suspended, here's video of the foul.