Kobe Bryant injured his ankle as he fell on Dahntay Jones’ foot which he is calling a dirty foul, a foul that wasn’t even called. ESPN LA reports:
“As defensive players, you can contest shots, but you can’t walk underneath players,” Bryant said. “That’s dangerous for the shooter.”
A reporter asked Bryant if he felt like Jones’ play was “deliberate.”
“I don’t ever want to put that on somebody, I really don’t,” Bryant said. “I just think players need to be made conscious of it and I think officials need to protect shooters. Period.”
Deliberate or not, Bryant was upset that Wednesday likely was the Lakers’ final game against the Hawks this season.
“I can’t get my mind past the fact that I got to wait a year to get revenge,” he said.
A lot of people are co-signing Bryant as he expressed his anger via Twitter calling out Jones stating “#dangerousplay that should of been called. Period.”
Jones replied, “Tape doesn’t lie. Ankle was turned on the floor after the leg kick out that knocked him off balance. I would never try to hurt the man”.
Jones & Bryant have had “dirty foul” issues before as Jones intentionally tripped Bryant in Game 3 in 2009, Lakers vs Nuggets.