He's at it again. And even more ironically now that he has changed his name. Since he laid a savage blow on James Harden it is clear that Ron Artest equates to World Peace in name only. But how seriously does the league take this kind of contact? Numerous sporting codes around the world have paid increased attention to the problem of concussion and head contact. This has come about, presumably because of the possibility of legal action taken by players injured through repeated head trauma. Case in point is the NFL, which is being sued by numerous past players as a result of brain injuries. Closer to home in the AFL, the Melbourne Demons' Daniel Bell has taken action concerning ongoing brain damage caused on the field. [caption id="" align="alignright" width="178" caption="James Harden took a nasty blow to the head from Metta World Peace"][/caption] The NBA itself has come on board fairly recently with updated 'concussion protocols.' The protocols were instituted at the beginning of the season and they are the reason why players such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Love have had increased absences from their head injuries. Rigorous tests must be conducted and the player must not be allowed to return to play until all signs of concussion are gone. As any subsequent head injury suffered in the immediate aftermath of an existing injury will increase the risk. Further, it will help prove liability on the part of the league/team, for not taking more care for the injured player. If this kind of contact was made in an AFL match how seriously would it be taken? An intentional elbow to the head would land an AFL player in serious trouble, 3-7 weeks presumably. 7 being the number Barry Hall received for his punch on Brent Staker, which was less an attack on his skull than on his jaw. However, 3-7 weeks would land World Peace, depending on how well the Lakers do, possibly out of the playoffs altogether. Artest as he was then known has one of the longest rap-sheets in league history. He also has the dubious honour of being suspended the longest period of any player for the 'Malice at the Palace' in 2004, he missed 86 games for jumping into the stands and attacking fans. This would also have come into account in deciding Metta's punishment for this offence. It has been said that Metta or Ron has received a severe penalty, 7 games will make his return 6 games into the playoffs. It's hard to see how this punishment is equal to the attack, especially considering the attacker. For what it's worth. My view is the league should have taken a harder line on this kind of contact. Hit in the right place of the skull with the right amount of force the risk of injury is enormous and ongoing for the rest of the victims life. Less resilient people have died from less. Metta should be out for at least the entirety of the playoffs.