Eli Kaplan thinks Ron Artest should be banned permanently from the NBA and perhaps switch over to the WWE.
Ron Artest (yes that is what I will be calling him in this article, because his self-appointed name of Metta World Peace is just too ironic to say without laughing/crying) might not be a horrible guy, but he sure is confused. He needs to stop playing in the NBA, and start participating in his true calling—professional wrestling. If Artest joined the WWE he could then get a paycheck for the things he does best, and seems to have the most passion for.
His clotheslines of opponents would be a huge hit in professional wrestling. But Ron, such disgusting behavior is frowned upon in the NBA.
Artest’s ventures into the stands, to slug it out with fans would be a huge draw for professional wrestling. But Ron, such disgusting behavior is frowned upon in the NBA.
And Artest’s latest antics—a vicious elbow to the head of Oklahoma City forward James Harden—could become his signature move in professional wrestling. But Ron, such disgusting behavior is frowned upon in the NBA.
So… It’s time for the NBA to send a message: no more chances for “World Peace”. Ron Artest should be banned from the NBA, permanently. Ron Artest is a repeat offender. He has been suspended over ten times in his career (thirteen times to be exact, if I have my facts straight). He has been warned, he has been kept out of the game he supposedly loves, he has been hit in the wallet with plenty of fines for his disgusting behavior. But the more things change, the more they stay the same…
Ron Artest’s name has changed. His NBA teams have changed. His PR team has probably changed too. But Ron Artest isn’t all that different. His anger issues, poor sportsmanship, and unpredictable explosiveness make him an unfortunate role-model.
The sad part of this story is that Ron Artest does good things. He has done work with PETA, promoting spaying and neutering for companion animals. He has done countless work as an advocate for mental health awareness. I could even show you a video clip of his lighter side —Artest playing dodgeball with a bunch of hipsters, just for fun. Unfortunately, for all the good things I could draw your attention to, I could show you several more Artest’s signature meltdowns. He is always capable of the unthinkable, in a very bad way. Which make you think…
Where does this story go from here? Ron Artest will not be banned from the NBA (David Stern and the powers that be, just don’t have that kind of bravery or integrity). He will likely be suspended a few games. And next year, or the year after, Ron Artest, having never had to learn his lesson completely, will have another meltdown. He will go crazy again. He will hurt else someone else. More people will be upset. But Ron Artest will keep on keeping on, continuing to build his resume for his next job – professional wrestler.
I can hear it now, “Put your hands together, and make some noise for the brand new, WWE champion of the world… Portrait Of The Ron Artest As A Young Angry Man”!!! I guess it does have sort of a nice ring to it. Now, if only we could get him officially transferred to that career change starting today.
What do you think? Should Metta World Peace be suspended/banned/fined by the NBA? Or was this truly an accident?