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What is Metta World Peace up to these days?

Done with his run in the NBA -- and subsequent stint as Key & Peele's main newsman -- the man formerly known as Ron Artest signed in March with Italian Serie A club Pallacanestro Cantu. The often-fiery 35-year-old even talked up his maturity.

"When you play angry you can't focus," he told the Associated Press. "I've got five more years to have a great time, so I will be playing with a lot of fire but not anger, just passion."

So much for that. In the decisive fifth game of their quarterfinal with Reyer Venezia Mestre, World Peace got involved in a skirmish (what a great series of seven words) and was booted in the fourth quarter with his team down eight. Here it is, from the Italian broadcast.

Espulso Metta!

Not only was Metta World Peace ejected, according to the play-by-play he was charged with five fouls in less than a minute (although not in a hack-a-DeAndre sense, as evidenced in the video).

Cantu went on to lose 88-73, while their opponents advanced to the semifinals. According to calcioweb.eu, World Peace will be suspended two games if he returns to Italy next season.

But not all was lost: The best item to emerge from this video was the fact that World Peace, as promised, wore a jersey that said "The Panda's Friend" on the back (even though he's still officially listed under World Peace).

Metta World PeacePallacanestro Cantu Basketball

Fiery, not fiery, mature or immature, The Panda's Friend will always be our friend.

H/T The Big Lead

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Late-night prankster extraordinaire Jimmy Kimmel has pulled another one.

His latest: convincing Metta World Peace he was speaking at a charity event, only to have co-conspirator Cousin Sal as his driver and Metta's former New York Knicks teammate Amar'e Stoudemire. The result, predictably, was gold:

Now, we must disclaim: This could all be an elaborate prank on us viewers.

After all, Kimmel is a master of the hoax ... Mr. World Peace kept his cool far better than you or we probably would have.

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Eli and Peyton Manning's "Football on Your Phone" video blew up on the Internet this week, amassing nearly 5 million views in two days. Now the younger Manning says his rap career is likely "one-and-done," meaning he might not reach the heights of certain athletes who tried hip-hop. Still, with one big hit and widespread love, he already has passed a few ill-fated would-be rappers. Who's the best? Click the images below to make your picks!

Rank: Athletes Who Tried Hip Hop

1985 Chicago Bears

1985 Chicago Bears

Known for: "Super Bowl Shuffle"

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Known for: "K.O.B.E."

The Golf Boys

The Golf Boys

Known for: "Oh, Oh, Oh" and "2.Oh"

Allen Iverson

Allen Iverson

Known for: "40 Bars" (under the name Jewelz)

Roy Jones Jr.

Roy Jones Jr.

Known for: "Y'all Must've Forgot"

Eli & Peyton Manning

Eli & Peyton Manning

Known for: "Football on Your Phone"

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Known for: "Shaq Diesel" (and four other albums)

Deion Sanders

Deion Sanders

Known for: "Prime Time" and "Must Be the Money"

Chris Webber

Chris Webber

Known for: "Gangsta, Gangsta" (under the name C. Webb)

Metta World Peace

Metta World Peace

Known for: "My World" (as Ron Artest)

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Lakers use amnesty on Metta World Peace

The changes keep coming for the Los Angeles Lakers, who used their amnesty provision to cut ties with onetime NBA Finals hero Metta World Peace. The forward formerly known as Ron Artest was a key cog on the title-winning team in 2010, and he started 270 games over four seasons in Southern California. But his high salary and advancing age made him expendable to the Lakers, who will look a lot different at the start of next season. As in, no Kobe Bryant (probably), no Dwight Howard, no World Peace ...

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For the first time in a long time, the Lakers will have the lineup they were planning on when they signed Steve Nash and Dwight Howard. Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol will return to the Lakers tonight, and they will be thrown right back into the starting lineup. The Lakers have been a different team in the second half and are comfortably over .500 -- since they're finally healthy, will they actually be a team to beat come playoff time? That is, if they make the playoffs, of course.

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