VIDEO: Did Metta World Peace throw a punch at Brandon Knight?
Lakers forward Metta World Peace got tangled up with Pistons guard Brandon Knight in Sunday's game. But did World Peace throw a punch at Knight?
He had the infamous scuffle with former Detroit Pistons big man Ben Wallace that quickly turned into an all-out brawl when he had a cup of liquid thrown on him and went into the stands to retaliate. In a much milder incident Sunday, he found himself tangled up with Pistons guard Brandon Knight following a Greg Monroe foul on Pau Gasol.
As you can see in the video above, Knight and World Peace end up holding each other above the shoulders and on the arms. At one point, World Peace tries to move his hand to the inside of the grapple. When he does this, his hand makes contact with Knight's face. This could be viewed in two ways:
1) It was simply incidental contact as he was trying to make sure he wasn't put at a physical disadvantage (which is funny considering he has roughly four inches and 70 pounds on Knight).
2) He got a little jab in there.
The officials reviewed the play on the monitors and deemed it as a flagrant 1 foul but not a punch or anything worthy of World Peace getting ejected. According to the Detroit Free Press, Knight doesn't feel that way:
“The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch,” Knight said. “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.”
Knight believes the Artest formerly known as Ron definitely threw a punch, but it might be hard to see any evidence above to confirm that. Here's a .gif of the play to isolate the incident:
This is a tough call. It looks like a little uppercut jab of sorts from this angle, but I'm not sure it's indisputable evidence World Peace threw a punch. However, Knight said it felt like a punch and World Peace's reputation has gotten him a tougher punishment than others might.
After the game, World Peace did compliment the toughness of Knight and how physical he played the former All-Star forward.
"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."
The league will certainly review it, as it does with all plays like this, and decide whether World Peace should be suspended due to possibly throwing a punch. Throwing a punch in a game is an automatic ejection and suspension.
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