Professional sports do not house compassion very well.
Metta World Peace, nee Ron Artest, seems to have attempted to legitimately better himself in recent years, especially since the Malice at the Palace in November 2004. The world in which World Peace grew up in should not be forgotten when considering the player and his actions.
It would be nice to be able to place this under consideration when World Peace’s vicious elbow to the side of James Harden’s head on Sunday is evaluated. Unfortunately, you cannot. Regardless of the reason World Peace acted with such force — whether it was a malicious shot to Harden or a celebration gone awry — he must be punished sternly.