The bounty gate scandal in the NFL has rocked the league, whether or not the allegations are true or not. But it appears that the intent to injure players on purpose isn’t exclusive to football, as an ex-NBA star has come forward and revealed he once tried to injure a legend of the game on purpose.
Former NBA player and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose came forward in his radio show and talked about purposefully trying to injure the knees of Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant. In talking about the 2000 NBA Finals, Rose initially stopped short of saying that he and fellow members of the Indiana Pacers tried to injure Bryant to take him out of the series, but he didn’t deny it either.
“[Kobe] goes up for a jump shot on the right wing, I contest the jump shot, Kobe lands on my foot. He hobbles off, and he actually misses the next game. Now, if it was up to me? If it was up to me? He should’ve just missed the whole series. I would have had a championship ring, and it’d be no harm, no foul.”
Rose flirted and danced around actually admitting to going at Kobe on purpose but he eventually cut the foreplay and got right to the money shot.
“I can’t say that it was an accident.” Rose said coyly. “He never knew I did it on purpose. But now he does.”
It’s not like Rose is protecting an air-tight persona by admitting to playing dirty against Kobe and the Lakers. Not only has he had more than one run-in with the law including a DUI, but he savaged the USA women’s gymnastics for ‘stealing’ the Fab Five moniker when the donned the name on themselves during this summer’s 2012 London Olympics.
Does anyone else find it mildly amusing that Rose is claiming the Fab Five name from five athletes who actually won something? All tangents aside, Rose isn’t the first player to use the ol’ foot trick on a jump shot and he’s certainly not the last. I’d say kudos to Rose for coming clean on playing dirty, but then again had Rose not brought this up I highly doubt anyone would have remembered about it. Kobe’s likely forgotten about it as well.
I’m sure his five NBA Championship rings — including the one he won over Rose and the Pacers in 20000– have helped his memory move on.