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Thunder: No personal apology for Harden

by Jenni Carlson Published: April 28, 2012

So, Ron Artest tried to implant his elbow in the back of James Harden’s head, but after almost a week, he hasn’t offered any sort of personal apology to the Thunder guard.

I wish I could say I expected different.

On Friday, Harden spoke to the media for the first time since taking that vicious elbow behind the ear. He had all sorts of interesting stuff to say — though, I guess, anything he would’ve said would’ve been interesting considering how high-profile an incident this was — but prime among them was what he said when someone asked if Artest had apologized:

“I think he apologized in an interview,” Harden said. “I don’t know.”

Artest has said that he didn’t want to reach out to Harden personally because the teams might meet in the playoffs. It’s a pretty weak stance, but OK. Whatever. But you know what? Artest has people. Agents. Associates. Friends. You mean to tell me that one of them couldn’t figure out a way to contact Harden personally and pass along an apology?

That’s not weak.

That’s sad.

Someone from the Artest camp should’ve contacted Harden. Not because Harden deserved an apology. Not because it would’ve saved face for Artest. But rather because it was the right thing to do. Saying you’re sorry after an incident like that is the correct and proper thing to do.

Then again, that elbow was evidence that Artest doesn’t have much of an idea what’s correct or proper.

So, what do you think, Thunder fans? Should Artest have offered a personal apology to Harden?


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by Jenni Carlson
Jenni Carlson, a sports columnist at The Oklahoman since 1999, came by her love of sports honestly. She grew up in a sports-loving family in Kansas. Her dad coached baseball and did color commentary on the radio for the high school football...
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