Originally posted on Midwest Sports Fans  |  Last updated 4/23/12

Ron Artest is a thug. Plain and simple.

He can call himself “Metta World Peace,” but it doesn’t matter.

And David Stern should suspend him into the playoffs for the vicious elbow he threw at James Harden last night.

He can legally change his name to whatever he wants, but he is the same Ron Artest who played a major role in the most abominable sports fight known as the Malice in the Palace.

His latest transgression, an elbow to the head of Thunder guard James Harden during the second quarter of Sunday’s game, was absolutely unnecessary and ridiculous.

I understand players run into each other while running back down the court, but World Peace went out of his way to throw a vicious elbow to Harden.

David Stern should bring the hammer down because World Peace is a repeat offender and this could majorly impact the Thunder if Harden misses games due to concussion-like symptoms, which is a possibility.

If you don’t believe me, check out the video.

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The NBA has been cracking down on violent fouls and this is one of the most egregious fouls all season, except for the NHL-type hip check by Hornets forward Jason Smith on Clippers forward Blake Griffin.

For once, I will agree with the heavy hand of Stern.

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