Metta World Peace did not live up to his name last night.
In a move reminiscent of the old Ron Artest, the Lakers forward was celebrating after a dunk on Sunday night when he inexplicably threw a BRUTAL elbow into the back of the head of Oklahoma City's James Harden, giving him a concussion.
Watch the baffling and frightening flagrant foul below:
The volatile forward, who was playing some of his best basketball in April, was ejected and faces a certain suspension. The only question is how severe.
After the game, Metta World Peace, who had gone out of his way to rid himself of a nasty reputation in the past few years, apologized to James Harden.
"I got real emotional and excited, and it was unfortunate that James had to get hit with the unintentional elbow," said World Peace. "I hope he's OK."
"Oklahoma City, they're playing for a championship this year. I profusely apologize to the Thunder and James Harden. It was just unfortunate."
ABC analyst Magic Johnson called it "a cheap shot" but Peace said it was not, despite being whistled for a flagrant foul afterward. Do you agree?