15 Years Later Chris Childs Explains Why He Punched Kobe Bryant
Now 15 years later, Chris Childs explains why punched Kobe Bryant.
After announcing his retirement, several players have been sharing some fond moments they experienced with the Black Mamba.
Shaq shared an amazing story about how Kobe said he was going to be better than Michael Jordan. And now Chris Childs goes on record to recall one of Bryant’s most infamous moments.
Here’s what went down according to Childs via The New York Post:
“He was a young player at the time. He had to challenge someone. I happened to be that guy.
“A couple of times going around screens, I played tight defense, it’s physical down there and he hit me with an elbow. I’m fine with that, but don’t do it above the shoulders.’’
Childs said he asked the officials: “Are you going to do anything about this? They put their hands up: ‘What you want me do?’
“‘No problem, I’ll take care of that.’ I said: ‘Young fella, do that again, there’s going to be a problem.’ [Kobe said]: ‘What are you going to do?’
“We go around the pick and he hit me again. By that time, enough is enough. I’m back home. This young guy is trying me. I walk up to him — if you watch it, he hits me with a little shoulder. He’s 6-6. I’m 6-3 at the time. I got to get him off of me. I give him a little head nudge. From that point on, it’s game on. I took a few boxing lessons. I know how to defend myself.
“When I hit him, I didn’t want to hurt him. I knew he was an up-and-coming guy. I remember back in the day watching Kermit Washington hit Rudy T [with an infamous punch during a game in 1977]. I didn’t want to get that label of hurting a guy’s career. So I just happened to tap him and let him know you’re trying the wrong guy.’”
It would be interesting to hear Kobe Bryant’s side of the story right now and how it contributed to the rest of his career if at all.
I know I definitely remember this moment. Kobe haters on Twitter will never let you forget actually. Relive the fight and watch the video below.