Metta World Peace, himself no stranger to fan confrontations, offered some words of wisdom when he was asked about what advice he’d give to Oklahoma State Cowboys guard Marcus Smart in the wake of Smart shoving a Texas Tech fan.
World Peace said he understands how the young Smart could have acted in such confrontational manner:
I don’t know how old he is, but I know at 19 years old when I came out of St. Johns, I was fresh out the hood, fresh out of Queensbridge. So my mentality was still struggle, defensive and things like that. So I wasn’t really conscious. But I’m 34 years old now. He’s a young kid. I wish I would have listened when I was a kid, to my elders or to people who had my best interest at heart. And then I wish I would have been more conscious at my age. Those are two things that if you were to reach out to a kid like Marcus, a talented kid, a future leader in the community, you would tell him those things (NewsOK).
He also said it’s not fair to rush to judgement when it comes to unruly fans:
If a fan screams something at me, I don’t know what that person has been through, you know. He could have or she could have grown up rough or maybe in a single family household.
World Peace concluded by describing his strategy for coping with negative attention:
Then I go home and I finish watching Breaking Bad. It’s that simple for me. I’m actually on House of Cards now. I just finished Breaking Bad. I wish there was a Season 6 actually, because Breaking Bad was amazing. Have you seen it?
Sage advice, sir.