Metta World Peace was on a bus tour with some kids in New York, and when asked about elbowing James Harden he lied about it.
Returning to the city where he grew up and played ball at St. John's, Metta is involved in the community, and as he is in any city he's played for, has made himself available to fans. The player formerly known as Ron Artest was on a tour bus with some kids as part of the team's Garden of Dreams Foundation. He played around with the kids talking about popcorn, and letting them call him by any name they chose, and also making sure they were watching their heads for overpassing street lights.
While fielding questions from the kids, World Peace was asked by one precocious youth about the time he elbowed James Harden back in 2012 (an offense he was given a 7-game suspension for.) Probably wanting to keep it light, the new Knicks forward just denied that it ever happened - even after a kid said he saw it on Youtube.
“Remember when you were playing, and you went like that to James Harden?” he asked, mimicking an elbow. During the 2012 playoffs, World Peace leveled Harden, and was suspended for seven games. “No,” World Peace replied. “Absolutely not. That never happened.”
“I looked it up on YouTube,” he responded.
“Absolutely not,” said World Peace. “Absolutely not. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”
Nope. Never happened. Nothing to see here.