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Remember that time Metta World Peace violently elbowed James Harden in the head during a Western Conference playoff game, then got suspended seven games for it?

Oh, well that’s good, because he doesn’t.

Or at least that’s what he told one young fan who asked him about the infamous incident on a double-decker tour bus in New York City.

On Tuesday, World Peace and fellow New York Knicks newcomer Andrea Bargnani joined 22 Bronx fifth-graders on a tour around the city through the team’s Garden of Dreams Foundation.

TIME’s Sean Gregory tagged along for the trip, and in addition to the photo above — and several other ridiculous stories that could only come from the man formerly known as Ron Artest — Gregory passed along a classic exchange between World Peace and some of the kids on the bus:

At one point, a fifth grader notices a billboard for Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club. It’s not subtle. The boy, being around 12, tells the whole bus about it. Soon, everyone is screaming. “We’re going to re-route this bus,” World Peace says.

Then, another fifth grader turns to World Peace. “Remember when you were playing, and you went like that to James Harden?” he asked, mimicking an elbow. During the 2012 playoffs, World Peace leveled Harden, and was suspended for seven games. “No,” World Peace replied. “Absolutely not. That never happened.”

“I looked it up on YouTube,” he responded.

“Absolutely not,” said World Peace. “Absolutely not. I don’t know what you’re talking about.”

It doesn’t appear the kid fell for World Peace’s explanation, but just so you don’t either, here’s a recap:

Fear not, however. World Peace doesn’t expect his emotions to get the best of him anymore now that he’s back in his hometown.

“Me and my psychologist, we work on not making this a personal thing,” World Peace told TIME. “When things get too personal, you forget about the actual goals. You get lost in that emotion. … It is personal, [because] I’m from the city and we don’t have a championship. It can get frustrating at times not having a championship here in New York City.”

The Knicks open the regular season Oct. 30 at home against Milwaukee.

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