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Metta World Peace reveals he tried to apologize to Ben Wallace before the "Malice at the Palace" kicked off

Metta World Peace recalls the Malice at the Palace and how he tried apologizing to Ben Wallace but that attempt was unsuccessful
Metta World Peace reveals he tried to apologize to Ben Wallace before the "Malice at the Palace" kicked off

Ben Wallace and Metta World Peace 

The NBA has seen its fair share of fights and altercations on the court involving players, coaches, and sometimes even fans. But the biggest and most notorious one was the fight between Metta World Peace (Ron Artest at the time) and Ben Wallace, which turned into an all-out brawl between the Pacers and the Pistons that spilled over into the crowd. The massive incident resulted in huge fines and suspensions all around, as the fight got named "The Malice at the Palace."

Metta almost became a legitimate All-Star in the NBA

Metta was a real bad boy of the 2000s NBA, known for his tough and aggressive demeanor. A tremendous defensive and all-around player on the verge of becoming an All-Star, World Peace had a place in the league, but his antics made him a villain in the eyes of many. Losing his temper and cheap shooting opponents wasn't rare, as his actions eventually caught up to him and gave him a bad reputation.

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But what many didn't know, Metta was having personal problems at the time regarding his mental health. Metta was aware of his situation and tried to get better at controlling his temper for the sake of his team. He actually had a professional with him at all times, even on road trips, to work on his issues. So when the most infamous fight of his career broke out, Metta wanted to avoid it and be the peacemaker.

Metta immediately wanted to apologize to Ben Wallace

Metta appeared on the Club Shay Shay podcast and talked with former NFL player and FS1 Analyst Shannon Sharpe about that day. Metta revealed how he tried apologizing to Ben before the situation got out of control but without much success.

"I was doing therapy sessions like every day, so anytime I was getting an issue, like when I fouled Ben, and he pushed me the first thing that I did, they don't show this, the first thing I did was like this, apologizing: 'My bad Ben!' But Ben was so mad he just pushed me. I ain't get a chance to be like: 'My bad.' So I was like this, and it's clear as day on camera when he pushed me normally, I would go back. I mean, if I'm not afraid of Alonzo Mourning, I'm not afraid of Ben Wallace."

Metta World Peace, ">Club Shay Shay

We all remember the iconic image of Metta lying down on the scorers' table to calm down, only to get hit by a drink from a fan. He elaborated this was a part of his therapy - every time he felt stressed, Metta would count to five to give himself time to think and calm down. Ironically, that's when World Peace lost control after getting hit by the bottle, and the rest is history.

Eventually, Metta became calmer and more patient with his actions throughout his career, even though he still had his days. Just ask James Harden. Now Metta is in retirement and a real spokesman for mental health and raising awareness on this important topic. The best way to lead is by example, and it's great to see Metta doing just that. 

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