Metta World Peace Says He’s ‘Playing Hard,’ Not Dirty

In an interview with Dave McMenamin of ESPN, noted elbow enthusiast Metta World Peace proclaimed his innocence after being assessed a flagrant 2 foul for a shot to the face of Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried.

In a somewhat disjointed and logically inconsistent explanation, World Peace argued that he's not a dirty player, but instead, simply plays aggressively.

Here's a snippet of what he told McMenamin:

It's not like I brought this aggression to the league. I didn't invent this. This is what we watched, this is what we saw. The Bill Laimbeers and the (Dennis) Rodmans, they play hard and they wasn't trying to hurt anybody.

They played hard. They played with passion. We grew up wanting to play with passion. So, when the guys say we're dirty, we're just playing hard.

This would be a perfectly fine—if somewhat confusing—defense for the Feb. 25 elbow that MWP delivered to Faried's face. In a vacuum, the play could be construed as accidental.

But two things make it impossible to believe World Peace or view his latest infraction objectively. First, we're not all idiots. And second, YouTube exists.

Here's the play in question:

You'll note that World Peace clearly sees Faried preparing to crash the offensive boards and positions himself in his path. That's not a problem, but raising his elbows to a level above his own head doesn't serve any purpose other than to facilitate a meeting with Faried's cranium.

MWP knew Faried was coming, and he deliberately cracked him.

The play's not the ugliest flagrant foul of all time, and really, it's probably a good idea for World Peace to try to deter the Manimal from pursuing offensive boards. Faried thrives on the offensive glass; crashing the boards is what he does best.

But let's at least call it what it is, shall we Metta?

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