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Arms deal: Lakers' Metta World Peace suspended seven games for elbow swing

Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in L.A.
Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol (16), of Spain, stands between an official and Oklahoma City Thunder player after Lakers' Metta World Peace (15) was called for a double flagrant foul and ejected from the game in the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, April 22, 2012 in L.A. Reed Saxon/AP

Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended for seven games, the NBA announced Tuesday. It is his tenth league suspension since 2003, notes the L.A. Times.

During last Sunday's game, Oklahoma City Thunder guard James Harden suffered a concussion when his head connected with MWP's swinging elbow.

Harden has not yet been cleared to play.

The suspension means World Peace will miss out on Thursday's regular-season finale at Sacramento. He also would not be eligible to play in six playoff games, should the Lakers soldier forth into that territory.

Any remaining part of his suspension will be applied to the beginning of next season.

He will not be paid for missed games.

 

Lisa Brenner can be reached via Twitter @lisa_brenner

 

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