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Metta World Peace shouldn't joke about NBA lockout

October 4, 2011 |  5:17 pm

Ron Artest

While the NBA owners and players union representatives toiled in a four-hour meeting hoping they could salvage the 2011-2012 season, Metta World Peace tweeted.

"Go to for breaking lock out news!!!!" he tweeted. "I love basketball I cant wait to play!!! I can't wait to see that new World Peace jersey I'm going to pick it right now."

While both sides and the general public remained anxious about the season possibly starting late, World Peace joked.

"I'm actually at my sneaker photo shoot," he tweeted. Cop my new grays at footaction !!! I was just playing with yal! Lmao, I had alot of people fooled. Just like media. See yal should listen to ur parents. Not media. Believe in yourself. Not others Lol."

Though the general public didn't fall for his antics and refused to laugh about it, World Peace still tried the standup routine.

"I remember when my mom use to lockout me out the house," he tweeted. "I hated that !! It feels the same way being locked out NBA. Mommy let me back in!!"

This isn't the first time World Peace will cast attention to himself and it won't be the last. Sometimes it's amusing. Sometimes it's annoying. Sometimes it's harmless. Sometimes it's distracting. This time, however, World Peace crossed the line.

Artest shouldn't be joking about the NBA lockout when it affects employment beyond billionaire owners and millionaire athletes. He shouldn't be acting like he's delivering exclusive information when his colleagues are working tirelessly to solve the labor dispute. He shouldn't be plugging his endorsements by cynically tugging at the heartstrings of NBA fans eager for lockout updates. His backtracked apology doesn't cut it. 

"Wow Didn't think about all those people who really are out of jobs. Sorry bout the lockout tweet. Mainly for ball fans who miss ball!!" World Peace tweeted. "Maybe fans should get together do a fund for families out of work. I wonder how many people out of jobs from the lockout."

--Mark Medina

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Photo: Ron Artest. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times.