Posted October 22, 2013

Video: Wide-eyed Tyler Hansbrough backs down from Metta World Peace

Ben Golliver, Metta World Peace, New York Knicks, Toronto Raptors, Tyler Hansbrough

It took two overtimes and what will probably be one million YouTube views, but Raptors forward Tyler Hansbrough proved an age-old Sun Tzu adage correct during a 123-120 preseason victory over the Knicks on Monday.

“He will win who knows when to fight and when not to fight,” the Chinese philosopher opined in The Art of War.

Hansbrough, quickly and hilariously, realized that it wasn’t time to fight during a brief in-game confrontation with Knicks forward Metta World Peace.

After missing a shot in the paint, Hansbrough was fouled from behind and over the shoulder by World Peace. Unable to see exactly who fouled him, Hansbrough initially lashed out as if to clear his arms and neck, turning with the apparent intention of seeking out more contact when his initial play for freedom wasn’t successful.

Once he saw his adversary face-to-face, though, Hansbrough’s eyes bugged out, and his body language took a turn toward spaghetti as World Peace inched forward, seeking additional fireworks.

Tyler Hansbrough thought twice on this play. (ESPN on YouTube)

Tyler Hansbrough thought twice on this play. (ESPN on YouTube)

“My bad, my bad,” Hansbrough appeared to say on the video replay, as Toronto’s Landry Fields and a referee intervened before things went any further.

The Wall Street Journal reported Carmelo Anthony’s reaction to the exchange.

“I had a front-row seat,” Anthony said. “I saw the [Hansbrough] apology.”

Hansbrough, who signed a two-year, $6.5 million contract with Toronto this summer, finished with 10 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes against the Knicks. DeMar DeRozan led the Raptors with a game-high 21 points and seven rebounds in 30 minutes. World Peace had 16 points and six rebounds in 31 minutes.

Toronto improved to 5-1 in the preseason. New York dropped to 2-3.

Video via YouTube user ESPN

55 comments
Boyd
Boyd

I don't see it? This article is fiction.....

Outlawz44
Outlawz44

So because he has manner's mean's he is a wuss huh ?

Yeah I Said It So What?
Yeah I Said It So What?

The writer of this article is beserk.  He's just spreading ink around, and has a habit of writing inflamatory articles making big deals outta nothing.  Tyler didn't act scared of Artest, he didn't bug out, and he sure didn't back down.  No race card here...I'm a black guy. 

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

World Peace attacks fans, Harden.  All guys smaller than himself.  Backs the hell down from big dudes like Ben Wallace.  Thug bullies like that won't stop until they get their beatdown.  He knows guys like Hansbrough (white guys who are emotionally stable and not deranged ghetto thugs) will not fight at the drop of a hat.


Sociologists should do studies on the NBA alone.  They'd learn a lot about the criminal makeup of this country.  Blacks have a short fuse and commit more crimes because of stupid reasons like "he was looking at me.  "  Whites are more emotional stable except for the mass-murdering nuts who go on school and theater shootings.

TroyCollier
TroyCollier

im not gonna lie, mr artest wanted  NO PART of Ben Wallace.........NO PART, so 100% agreed,   FANS head towards the exits when Metta confronts players

Mark V.1
Mark V.1

Both of these players are unbearably annoying for completely different reasons.

RonStradtmann
RonStradtmann

Artest is a BULLY...and ALL his black thug buddies laugh and think it's cool! Yet half of them make commercials to discourage bullying...but only for the money and only if it applies to others and not them.  How disgraceful and to think we pay to watch these thugs!!!

Gerald B
Gerald B

Why does the tone of the article portray Ron Artest (I refuse to use the moniker World Peace) as the cool hip guy and Hansbrough as a un-cool non-hipwimp ?...this is basketball...if Artest wants to fight (its almost always a non-white player confronted by a blak player in the NBA) why doesn't he change sports ?...or attack another fan?

bobinpowell
bobinpowell

Re:  Ben Golliver:  "I'll have whatever he's smoking."

DAJS6
DAJS6

I don't know why the Knicks signed Artest. He should be out of the league already with his history of violence.

Tito1
Tito1

I guess Drake has been showing them already how to be real sissies and backdown from standing up for themselves....

rhunter323
rhunter323

I feel Hansbrough handled this professionally. No point in escalating the foul, only to be suspended and fined. That's money lost right there. You've got to play it smart.

Bucky182
Bucky182

1. Hansbrough always has big eyes, doesn't mean he backed down 2. Artest wasn't going to do anything to him anyway 3. Artest only throws down with fans

TPuschka
TPuschka

he's probably just tired lol- he actually looks bigger than metta world thug, if not at least just as big as he is. metta is just testing him.

gymviking
gymviking

I don't know that Tyler backed off, he's always a little bug-eyed, but I do know that Ben Golliver would probably back down to either Handsbrough or the former Ron Artest.  Gotta love writers talking smack from behind their typewriters.

RomarioDelLago
RomarioDelLago

Yeah, because not resorting to thuggery and acting like you have an IQ of 10 (like Metta World Retard) is a bad thing.  Nice article here...not. 


Artest was and still is a total dipsh1t

tethposte
tethposte

nicks are obviously garbage this year.... can't beat toronto? GL carrying those suckers again melo....... brooklyn taking top NY honors this year. Now to the stupid altercation.... kudos to hansborough for not stooping to that shitheel Ron Artest's level of scumbag and taint our favorite passtime with his stupidity. kudos!!!!!!!!

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

I'm a Duke fan so I obviously never had much love for Tyler, but come on. He didn't back off or act scared here. He just chose not to mix it up with this fraudulent POS because really, what's the point? Let Metta World Piss self-destruct on his own the way he always does.

carjax1202
carjax1202

One last thing on this pathetic article...Tyler always looks like that, plus if you watch this a couple times you'll see he is not even looking at that punk World "Ron"

Baconpizza
Baconpizza

Maybe Hansbrough should jump into the crowd and assault some fans to up his street cred.  The dude his tough, he just happens to be emotionally stable too, unlike the other guy.

gdp
gdp

I don't know the more I read this the more I read the racist undertones to it - the black tough thug and the rich white guy who backs down. Bet the author voted for barak nobraina and claims he's with the self-proclaimed tolerant party who tolerates NOTHING that goes against their thinking

AARON31
AARON31

He's wide-eyed, because that's what his face looks like.  Does everyone try to make something out of nothing?  Maybe he was apologizing because he realized that taking the foul, and not drawing a technical from fighting, would be better for his team.

gdp
gdp

So was this actually a A RACIST implication? The author should be fired. Black doesn't automatically make you tough. Maybe they could have a spelling contest since we're stereotyping- we know who'd win that one uh? Because well, like the author mussa be implying...Metta stupidity is black so he mussa had no daadi in da howse whens he dun groin up in da hoodd jus lik tylah mussa ben sqared uh metta cuas metta's black guy and tylah is one dohs wite gi's uh?

carjax1202
carjax1202

Hey Ben....you're an idiot.  This is one of the worst articles I have read in a long time.  Making something out of nothing.

bulletrico
bulletrico

We got a lot of big talkers on the board today... But I will bet that each one of you would wet your pants if Ron Ron was to get jiggy with ya!!!

Matt70
Matt70

Who apologizes for getting fouled?

scBlais
scBlais

"Unable to see exactly who fouled him, Hansbrough initially lashed out"

Umm, no he didn't.  How the hell was that "lashing out"?

bulletrico
bulletrico

Who f ing cares!!! This is news!!!! Shitbag find something else to report. Get up off the couch and try to be a sports reporter at least... Sheesh!!!

Richard--Ramirez
Richard--Ramirez

What a disgrace, Artest swings like a girl and shouldn't pose a threat to anyone.

JohnnyNacho
JohnnyNacho

No, I don't expect Tyler to fight Ron Ron but damn dude.....don't back down like that.  You got fouled so just walk away and shoot your free throws don't be little B about it.

MikeM3
MikeM3

So you are actually supporting the argument that he should have fought Ron Artest ( I refuse to call him that stupid other name)???  This is basketball, not boxing. You should be fired.

Terry
Terry

Hansbrough is like a lot of you internet thugs in here. 

ESPN

Joeshine

Richard Ramirez

You all would have done the same thing.

If you can't back it up, shut it up!

Terry
Terry

Ha!

I guess "psycho T" isn't as crazy as he wants us to think.

way to punk out.

Dark1
Dark1

Congratulations, Ben.  You seem to try and undo everything I've tried to teach my son about walking away (from a-holes) and being a good sport...with one article.  Class reporting, right there!

darrelljones
darrelljones

This is irresponsible reporting at best. Stories like this can not only make a player look bad, but also damage careers. Hansbrough did not even acknowledge Wacko's presence, much less back down.

JamesRobinson
JamesRobinson

a perfect example of the media trying to make a story out of NOTHING. Bottom line is Toronto won! Metta has always been a confrontational and over reactive.  Credit Hansbrough for maintaining composure!

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@RonStradtmann  

Yep, that's why I hate the Knicks.  Bunch of idiots with all the same makeup (Anthony, JR Smith).  They will never win a championship with that makeup.  And people wonder why I'm a NY'er who's a Spurs fan.  Cause guys like D Robinson, Duncan, S Elliot, AJ are actually nice church-going guys with good character - I don't care if you're crazy skilled (Lebron); if you're an ahole or thug, I'm not spending any money rooting for you.

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@Gerald B  

Because if Artest changed sports to MMA or boxing, he'd get killed.  He's only a tough guy in basketball.

ScottParker
ScottParker

@dougbenefield66 he is not a coward.  He may be a bit loopy, but I dare you to call him a coward to his face.  You will, IMO, not be standing thereafter if you do...

Vinny Cordoba
Vinny Cordoba

@gdp , you are reading way too much into this. Get a grip, take your meds, calm your paranoia, and stop trying to blame every little thing on the President.

Matt70
Matt70

@gdp Barley making the roster for the Raptors, does not make one an automatic "rich white guy."

Nate the Pate
Nate the Pate

@bulletrico  

It doesn't take courage to take on someone smaller than you (fans).  When World Idiot takes on an MMA fighter in his weight class, I'll say he's a man.  Until then, he's a nobody poser - witness how quickly he backed down from Big Ben Wallace, who shoved him so hard he flew back.

JoeCabot
JoeCabot

@Vinny Cordoba My guess is that the folks that blame Barry for everything are just taking their cues from the Prez, the master of the blame game.  President Excuses wants to take credit for every little positive thing that happens - guess a little blame comes with the territory.

gdp
gdp

@Richard--Ramirez @Terry with a last name like that we Californians already know you'd never do it alone - always the whole burrito so they say. Always tough with backup uh?

JakeKreulen
JakeKreulen

@jb22 @Dark1 I'm pretty sure he means Ben. As in BEN GOLLIVER, the person who wrote this "article."

Essentially calling a person less than a man for not fighting goes against what, I assume, DARK1 has taught his son.