World Peace can’t fool this kid

Remember that time Metta World Peace violently elbowed James
Harden in the head during a Western Conference playoff game, then
got suspended seven games for it?

Oh, well that’s good, because he doesn’t.

Or at least that’s what he told one young fan who asked
him about the infamous incident on a double-decker tour bus in New
York City.

On Tuesday, World Peace and fellow New York Knicks newcomer
Andrea Bargnani joined 22 Bronx fifth-graders on a tour around the
city through the team’s Garden of Dreams Foundation.

TIME’s Sean Gregory
tagged along for the trip, and in addition to
the photo above — and several other ridiculous stories that
could only come from the man formerly known as Ron Artest —
Gregory passed along a classic exchange between World Peace and
some of the kids on the bus:

At one point, a fifth grader notices a billboard for Larry
Flynt’s Hustler Club. It’s not subtle. The boy, being
around 12, tells the whole bus about it. Soon, everyone is
screaming. “We’re going to re-route this bus,”
World Peace says.

Then, another fifth grader turns to World Peace. “Remember
when you were playing, and you went like that to James
Harden?” he asked, mimicking an elbow. During the 2012
playoffs, World Peace leveled Harden, and was suspended for seven
games. “No,” World Peace replied. “Absolutely
not. That never happened.”

“I looked it up on YouTube,” he responded.

“Absolutely not,” said World Peace.
“Absolutely not. I don’t know what you’re talking

It doesn’t appear the kid fell for World Peace’s
explanation, but just so you don’t either, here’s a

Fear not, however. World Peace doesn’t expect his emotions
to get the best of him anymore now that he’s back in his

“Me and my psychologist, we work on not making this a
personal thing,” World Peace told TIME. “When things
get too personal, you forget about the actual goals. You get lost
in that emotion. … It is personal, [because] I’m from
the city and we don’t have a championship. It can get
frustrating at times not having a championship here in New York

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