In Game 4, with 8:22 remaining in the fourth quarter, and the Lakers down by 30 points. Mavericks back up point guard, JJ Barea drove down the lane, and was intentionally elbowed in mid air by Andrew Bynum, causing Barea to violently fall to the ground, luckily avoiding any injury.
Bynum remained un-apologetic in the locker room in post game interviews, and the replay and his non-apology has been national news since the incident occurred.
Bynum officially came out Tuesday before he took questions at the Lakers exit meeting and said the following:
“[The flagrant foul on JJ Barea] does not represent me, my upbringing, this franchise, or any of the Laker fans out there that want to watch us, and see us succeed. Furthermore, and more importantly I actually want to apologize to JJ Barea for doing that, you know I’m just glad that he wasn’t seriously injured in the event. All I can say is I have looked at [the replay]…its terrible, and it won’t be happening again.”
Bynum reiterated his comments later on in the exit interview saying. “It won’t happen, that’s it. It won’t happen again.” He also said he would reach out personally to JJ Barea to apologize.