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Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

Posted on: May 10, 2011 1:04 pm
Edited on: May 10, 2011 2:28 pm
 
Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for his dirty hit on J.J. Barea. Posted by Ben Golliver.

It will stand as the enduring image of the 2010-2011 NBA season for the Los Angeles Lakers: Andrew Bynum nonchalantly delivering a forearm shiver to the ribs of a helpless, airborn J.J. Barea and then removing his jersey as he stomped off to the locker room, ejected and dejected.

On Tuesday, the Lakers conducted their post-mortem exit interviews and, according to NBA.com, Bynum issued an apology for the hit. 
“I want to apologize for my actions at the start of the fourth quarter of Game 4 against Dallas. They don’t doesn’t represent me, my upbringing, this franchise or any of the Lakers fans out there that want to watch us and want us to succeed. More importantly, I want to apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. I’m just glad that he wasn’t seriously injured in the event. All I can say, now that I have looked at it, and it was terrible, is it definitely won’t be happening again.”
“After I saw it,” Bynum said again, “it was definitely embarrassing.”
An apology is pretty worthless here given that it's so late-arriving, the fact that Barea could have been put into the hospital and because Bynum is a cheap shot repeat offender. I guess this apology falls into the "better than nothing" category, but only barely.

NBA.com also notes that Bynum said: "I believe I will be suspended." 

The only question now is how long NBA commissioner David Stern will suspend Bynum. Will he send a message or sweep this one under the rug? Since the suspension will be served at the beginning of next season, it's not going to have much of an effect unless Stern really throws the book at him. 

Here's Bynum's hit on Barea again in case you somehow missed it the first time around.

Comments

Since: May 18, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:27 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

I totally agree, I have played ball for years race has nothing to do with it, it has to do with wanting to win so bad, and just playing as hard as you can.  Yes Bynum had a lapse of judgement, I am a Mavs fan all the way, but even at that you can see that he is sorry, now, if it was racist he would not have appoligized. He was frustrated he was getting killed in front of tons possibly millions of fans, and there was no way they were going to come back to win.  I think he just got carried away, and he is paying for it next season.  White, Black, does not make a difference to a player! You play your heart out and that is that.  If race was an issue then every white guy on the team would have been hurt or injured the same way, not just Barea.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:11 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

i
f a white guy did it to kobe..it would be racist..end of story..black people cheered oj being innocent..not good thing, but he targeted him and did it..beasley had arm down..was different..believe what u want, but racism is alive in this country unfortunately

If a white guy laid Kobe out on a stretcher for driving the lane I would say the same thing about him.  It was dirty, uncalled for, and disgusting.  What wouldnt even cross my mind would be that it was racist.  You obviously never played ball or you yourself are a racist.  When you play your not really concerned with what race the person is.  Are you getting this?  Youre concerned that they are scoring on you or embarrassing you. By the way all the Black people I know think OJ either did it or knew about it.  Black people cheered because just once the police were exposed for what they have always done for years in the Black community.  Set people up and railroad them into jail.  Those are 2 different issue and have nothing to do with each other.  Dont be confused by what you dont understand.  Try and learn something before you just assume.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:40 am
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

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I agree you shouldn't run up a score if it's out of hand but the one thing different about a baseball game and a basketball game in the NBA is that 1st of all millions of dollars are at stake as are titles and there is what's called a shot clock and in order to keep pace with the way the game works youy have to shoot the ball. People are upset that they were making 3's, hogwash, what's the % of a 3 to a 2 in the NBA. Don't most all teams want the other team shooting 3's because the number are much lower. You can'r just stop playing in sports.



Since: Sep 18, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 10:59 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

if a white guy did it to kobe..it would be racist..end of story..black people cheered oj being innocent..not good thing, but he targeted him and did it..beasley had arm down..was different..believe what u want, but racism is alive in this country unfortunately, ...he had others drive the lane, he chose the small white guy..you can deny it the way you clapped for oj..moron..you are naive..didnt go near others driving..hes a man lover like lamar..with his husband khloe kardisaman



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:55 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

on a side note, I find it hard to picture that being Phil Jackson's last game coaching.  How does someone with such a great history feel about that game, where such little class was shown?  I think he comes back but with another team, perhaps the NY Knicks for another 2/3 years, brings them back to the finals and bows out in style.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 5:53 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

bjhmath....read the entire statement before you respond.  I stated that he need not apologize in public.  The apology, if sincere, should have been done via the phone call he attempted to make.  If he didn't pick up, he could have left a message apologizing.  The fact that Bynum had to PUBLICLY apologize is what I believe is stupid.  It's basically to please someone like you that feels they need to be included in the apology somehow.  Generally any apology that is brought up in that manner is something that is not necessarily sincere.  I think Bynum acted foolishly and I don't think he regretted it.  I've seen that in sports before where the game is ending and someone just cheap shot someone and walks off.  There is nothing sincerely apologetic about it when you obviously intentionally were taking your anger and frustration out on a helpless driving player.  That said, as I mentioned, read my entire post and realize my statement was based off the fact that I don't believe a freaking circus show should have been made about the apology.  Now adays in sports, players(Mendenhall/Peterson) are saying stupid stuff everyday, and a day later, via the advice of their agent, are holding a press conference to apologize for the words they spoke, or actions they did.  If you don't understand this you are obviously naive into thinking everytime someone says their sorry, they mean it.  Sorry doesn't fix mistakes if there's no meaning behind it, end of story



Since: Jul 23, 2008
Posted on: May 11, 2011 3:28 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

I DID mention that the Lakers won a game by 50+ margin.  And I mentioned it as bad sportsmanship.  They are lucky that the Cavs did not severely hurt one of the Lakers starters.  At least one other poster mentioned the unwritten rule of not running up the score on an opponent.  Running up the score is wrong in any sports, regardless of the age of players and the level of competition.  It doesn't make it OK for an opponent to intentionally hurt one of the "winning" players but it probably wouldn't have happened if the score was not "run up".  To say that something was a cause of an unexcusable action does not mean that the unexcusable action is justified or correct.

There's a reason why Bynum bumped Barea to the floor.  But there is NO EXCUSE FOR IT.  That is all that some of us are saying.  Unless you've been in the situation as a player or a coach (which I have been) then you don't know what it's like.  I once pulled a player out of a high school baseball game for stealing a base when we had a 10 run lead late in the game.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

I agree, but my only problem is money means nothing to some of these guys. I mean nothing. The only way to hurt the player is to hurt the team and your 25 game suspension is right on. Also, he shouldn't be allowed to play and games against the Mavs next year. So many times these suspensions come out and help other teams besides the ones that got hurt by it in the 1st place. If Bynum were suspended for every game against the Mavs and the Lakers could not get another player for those games, these things might not happen as much.



Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:13 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

Isn't it just great how the PR department writes all of these player statements? What a sham! I'd bet money that he couldn't repeat those words without them in front of his eyes to see. The Lakers are, and should be embarrassed for not only Bynum, but Odem as well. Hey Bryant, maybe you should go put o a Miami uniform next season, and leave your better half in LA where she can't start trash on the team.



Since: Sep 4, 2007
Posted on: May 11, 2011 1:57 pm
 

Andrew Bynum apologizes for dirty hit on Barea

its naive not to put racism into it..and unfortunate..and i have many friends of different ethnicities, but the truth is that racism exists, and bynum wouldnt have done this to a similar race..its disgusting
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Why dont you ask Beasley and Gerald Wallace if it was a racist act.  I think it was a cheap punk move but to call it racist?  That just as moronic a comment as I have ever heard.
 


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