The NBA announced Tuesday that Lakers forward Metta World Peace has been suspended one game without pay for grabbing the Detroit Pistons' Brandon Knight around the neck and striking him in the jaw.
The incident happened with 1:43 left in the second quarter of the Lakers' 98-97 victory against the Pistons on Sunday at The Palace of Auburn Hillls.
According to the news release, World Peace will serve his suspension Tuesday night when the Lakers visit the Brooklyn Nets at Barclays Center.
World Peace was given a flagrant foul 1 on the play, a punishment Knight didn't feel was severe enough because he said the Lakers forward hit him with a fist.
"The play needs to be reviewed because he definitely threw a punch," Knight told the Detroit Free Press after the game. "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."
The Lakers, who have won five of their past six games, also are without center Dwight Howard, who remains sidelined because of an aggravated right shoulder injury.
NBA suspends Metta World Peace for one game
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