Brandon Knight: Metta World Peace punched me

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Brandon Knight and Metta World Peace got tangled up in the second quarter yesterday, a dust-up that earned World Peace a flagrant foul. But that wasn’t good enough for Knight. Vince Ellis of the Detroit Free Press:

“The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch,” Knight said. “It felt like he threw a punch. That’s why I reacted the way I did.

“The play was over and he grabbed me around the neck. If someone grabs you around the neck, you’re not just going to let that happen. You do what you need to get that person off you.”

Here’s video, via SBNation:

I don’t know. World Peace’s fist wasn’t clenched, and it’s at least possible he was just trying to gain separation from Knight (who was still hanging on) and happened to touch Knight’s chin in the process. I’m not sure how much the NBA will consider intent, but World Peace probably won’t get the benefit of the doubt, especially with his explanation. David Mayo of MLive:

"If he says that, he says that," World Peace said of the punch accusation. "Whatever. If he says it, whatever."

Asked his version of the incident, World Peace was non-committal.

"I don’t really remember," he said. "He was trying his hardest to keep me out of the paint."

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