Metta World Peace didn't remember the foul probably because the referees didn't call one when he inadvertently elbowed Denver's Kenneth Faried during Monday's loss in Denver. The NBA, however, didn't let the play go unnoticed and retroactively slapped World Peace with a flagrant-2 foul Thursday.
The incident occurred late in the third quarter, when World Peace appeared to have hit Faried's head as both players went for a rebound of Corey Brewer's miss.
Even watching a replay of the final seconds of the third quarter didn't jog his memory. World Peace and teammate Dwight Howard lead the league in flagrant fouls with fiveapiece. If either player commits even a flagrant-1 foul, the lesser offense, he will receive a one-game suspension. Another flagrant-2 foul would result in a two-game suspension.
"I seriously don't remember that," he said in a pregame interview in which he claimed not to remember much of anything, including how he got teeth marks on his elbow. "The only thing that I really remember is having children."
World Peace was reluctant to say anything regarding the foul during the 16-minute pregame chat for two reasons. One, he said he wasn't in the mood to complain or point fingers at opposing players who guard him closely.
"I don't want to complain for guys coming up my back and smashing because then I have to complain. I feel I'm tougher than that," he said, referring to fellow NBA players who have suffered bloody mouths and noses without calling for a foul.
"It's hard for me to talk about it."
Secondly, World Peace said he simply is doing his job, so what else is there to say?
"You box a guy out, what are you going to do? I don't know what to say but I'm still going to play hard," he added.
The Lakers forward was suspended one game earlier this month after a review of a flagrant-1 foul he received for an incident in a game against Detroit. He was forced to sit after he grabbed the Pistons' Brandon Knight around the neck and hit him in the jaw.
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