Metta World Peace clears up conflict

Updated: February 22, 2013, 4:57 PM ET
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Los Angeles Lakers forward Metta World Peace put on his Cookie Monster pajamas and came to the rescue of his nephew and brother who had been detained by police outside his condo complex earlier this week, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Unknown to World Peace, three men working for his Artest Media Group were shooting a scene about life on the streets and were staging a shootout with fake guns when the police showed up.

"I'm in my underwear, and my son says, 'Hey Dad, there's police at the door,'" World Peace told the Times on Wednesday. "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.'"

World Peace's nephew and younger brother Isaiah had already tried to straighten out the situation but weren't carrying identification, so they were detained by police. The men asked officers to verify their story with World Peace.

"At first when I seen the police, I was like, 'What the hell is going on?'" World Peace said, according to the newspaper. "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?'"

That's when World Peace put on his Sesame Street pajamas and went outside to clear up the confusion.

"Like 20 cops cars are outside, like 10 more police," he said, according to the Times. "My brother had his hands behind his back and [there were] helicopters. The whole Wilshire [Boulevard] was shut down. The street shut down. No cars nowhere."

After police were convinced that the scene was staged, World Peace said the mood lightened.

"The police was laughing," he said, according to the Times. "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."

The story was reported earlier this week by TMZ.com.

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