Andrew Bynum finally issued a public apology for his flagrant foul on J.J. Barea late in Game 4 of the Lakers' conference semifinal series with the Mavericks. Bynum said after the game that after reviewing the play on video he did not regret the foul, that he was just protecting the basket against a penetrator (for what appeared to be the first time in the series). Kobe Bryant and Magic Johnson both spoke out against the foul after the game, and during his exit interviews on Tuesday Bynum sang a different tune.
I want to apologize for my actions at the start of the fourth quarter in Dallas. This doesn't represent my upbringing and furthermore 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.
See the press conference here.
Jimmy Kimmel showed the flagrant fouls by Bynum and Lamar Odom on his show Monday night and offered interesting speculation on what might have motivated Bynum's foul.