Metta World Peace wears Cookie Monster pajamas

February 21, 2013

Metta World Peace. Cookie Monster pajamas. That is all. (Stephen Dunn / Getty Images)

When Los Angeles police were called to his home because men were outside with guns early Tuesday morning, Metta World Peace put on his Cookie Monster pajamas and went outside to investigate.

Of course he did.

Three men bearing what turned out to be BB guns were working on a movie World Peace’s Artest Media Group is producing, but no one really knew that…hence the arrival of the police and the donning of the Cookie Monster pjs.

(Katherine Frey / Washington Post)
(Katherine Frey / Washington Post)

“I’m in my underwear and my son says, ‘Hey dad, there’s police at the door,’” World Peace told the Los Angeles Times after the Lakers’ game Wednesday night. “So I jump out, I’m nervous. I see these police with rifles and scopes.

“I’m like, ‘What happened?’ I don’t know what’s going on at this point. ‘What happened, what happened?’ And then the police was like, ‘The building is being taken over by guys downstairs.’”

Pretty scary. Here’s more from the LA Times on the incident, which was first reported by TMZ:

When the police arrived, they handcuffed the actors and the director of the movie. World Peace’s younger brother, Isaiah, heard the ruckus and went downstairs to investigate, but he apparently didn’t have identification on him, and the police handcuffed him, too.

The men explained the situation to the police, who then knocked on World Peace’s door to verify their story.

“At first when I seen the police, I was like, ‘What the hell is going on?” World Peace said. “I just got finished watching ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ or whatever that movie is. I’m like, ‘I’m dreaming, I’m dreaming. Is there a terrorist in the building? Do y’all need my help?’”

After a brief conversation with the police, World Peace put on his Cookie Monster pajamas and accompanied them outside.

World Peace was shocked by what he saw.

“Like 20 cops’ cars are outside, like 10 more police,” he said. “My brother had his hands behind his back and [there were] helicopters. The whole Wilshire [Blvd.] was shut down. The street shut down. No cars nowhere.”

World Peace said that once the police realized that the suspects were actors, and that their guns were BB guns, the mood lightened.

“The police was laughing,” he said. “It was funny but it was irresponsible on the actors’ part because you do the scene and that’s it. They didn’t understand that after you do the scene, you put the stuff away.”

Second-best nugget in that story? “Is there a terrorist in the building? Do y’all need my help?”

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After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.
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