Lakers center Andrew Bynum was suspended by
The NBA has suspended Lakers center Andrew Bynum for the first five games next season and fined him $25,000 for his flagrant foul on Dallas guard J.J. Barea on Sunday.
Tuesday Bynum apologized, saying it didn’t reflect his upbringing or the Lakers’ organization.
The foul was widely criticized as an embarrassment to the Lakers and Phil Jackson, who was coaching his last game with the team.
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Andrew Bynum Apologizes for Flagrant Elbow; Strip Tease (Video)
*Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum has apologized for his flagrant foul on Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea during Los Angeles’ final playoff game, saying “it looks bad” and it doesn’t “represent me.” [Watch video below.]
“I want to apologize for my actions at the start of the fourth quarter in Dallas,” Bynum stated. “This doesn’t represent my upbringing and I want to apologize to J.J. Barea for doing that. I’m glad he wasn’t seriously injured. All I can say is I look at it as terrible.”
The elbow move took place en route to the Lakers’ 36-point loss in Game 4 of their second-round playoff series last Sunday. Barea landed hard on the ground, and Bynum took off his jersey while leaving the court.
Immediately after the incident, which drew an immediate ejection, he was not apologetic. Looking at replays changed his mind.
“I saw it. I went in and I watched it, it was terrible,” Bynum said. “The whole sequence, taking off of the shirt and everything. Sometimes you just have to man up and own it. That’s what happened and it’s unacceptable. … It looks bad. It just looks bad.”
Bynum said he plans to try to contact Barea, but admits, “I think he has bigger and better and more important things to do,” given that the Mavericks swept the Lakers and will play the winner of the Oklahoma City-Memphis series. “I don’t know if I’ll get a response back, but I will [try to contact him].”
Bynum suspects the NBA will suspend him for several games at the start of next season. He was suspended for two games in March for a similarly hard foul on Minnesota’s Michael Beasley.