I’m pretty sure that this is the most provocative post title we’ve had at A Stern Warning, but not without good reason. Okay, there are some things that you just don’t do on the basketball court, or anywhere for that matter. Punching another guy in the crown jewels is one of them. Now, you could put this down to a little “veteran’s trick”, but the truth of the matter is, Kobe Bryant struck Andre Iguodala in the genital region. Don’t tell me that Kobe didn’t know what he was doing. It wasn’t a huge hit, but there was impact nonetheless — enough to make Iggy contort his face in Anderson-Varejao-esque pain.
We saw you do it Kobe. Bad boy. This ain’t Colorado. And Iggy is not a hotel employee.
Take a look at the video — and then take a look at a much worse version of sporting taboo, this one involving John Hopoate, an Australian rugby league player for the Wests Tigers who took pleasure in putting his finger in the wrong places…
Kobe punches Iggy below the belt
Don’t you love how nonchalant the television announcers are about it?
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Finger — John Hopoate (at 3:20 mark)
Of course, there was this incident a while back with Eddy Curry too…