World Peace: Smart can learn from fan incident


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Updated: 2/09 12:38 pm Published: 2/09 12:37 pm


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Knicks forward Metta World Peace says Marcus Smart can learn from the fallout that will come after the Oklahoma State All-American shoved a fan during a game at Texas Tech.

World Peace was known as Ron Artest in 2004 when he, then playing for the Indiana Pacers, ran into the stands and attacked a Detroit Pistons fan he thought threw a beer on him. Artest was suspended for 73 regular-season games and the playoffs before being traded the next season.

Texas Tech said Sunday it is investigating what might have provoked Smart to push a Red Raiders' fan.

World Peace says Smart should direct his emotion toward winning. He says he would advise Smart to listen to his elders and be more conscious of the big picture when making choices.

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Mayor Maynot - 3/22/2014 9:45 PM
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That incident will probably keep smart from ever being chosen by any professional team. You go your whole life being a good guy. If you are a bad guy one time that's it, you're known as a bad guy the rest of your life. No pro team wants to gamble the millions that are involved with physical abuse of fans. They might be able to push a player on the court and get bench time. Pro ball you push a fan you're going to get court time for assault and the team owner will pay millions in a lawsuit. It's Smart if Smart is not picked in any team draft.
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