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Will Bynum ejected after punching Tyler Hansbrough in the midsection (VIDEO)

Feb 24, 2013, 2:00 PM EDT

Early in the fourth quarter of the Pacers’ second consecutive blowout win over the Pistons on Saturday, Will Bynum was caught on a screen from Tyler Hansbrough.

Bynum either didn’t appreciate the contact, or the fact that Hansbrough continued to illegally move once the contact was made, and gave him a little shot to the midsection.

The referee was on top of it, and immediately called Bynum for the flagrant-two foul, resulting in an automatic ejection.

The frustration is somewhat understandable, considering how inferior the Pistons are to the Pacers right now, and that they were down 20 in the fourth quarter after losing by 32 in Indiana just the night before. And, Hansbrough isn’t known to be the cleanest of players out there, so it’s possible that over the course of these two games, Bynum had gotten tangled up with him multiple times, and this was just the final straw.

Bynum said it wasn’t intentional afterward, via Brendan Savage of

“It wasn’t (done) intentionally but it kind of happened through the course of the game,” Bynum said in the empty Pistons locker room. “The game was kind of physical. It was during the heat of the moment.

“It was nothing intentional, though.”

That’ll obviously be up to the league to decide, but you can’t punch guys, no matter the circumstances. It’s more than possible that Bynum will be suspended a game for his actions.

  1. captainwisdom88 - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    I understand the heat of the battle argument. Any1 who plays sports with passion has lost their cool or seen some1 lose their composure before. But to say its not intentional is childish. be a man, own up to it, you lost your cool.

    Perfect example: Suh – “The man upstairs knows I didnt stomp on him on purpose and thats all that matters”

  2. shanelsweet - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:19 PM

    Of course it was intentional, and of course he should be suspended. If there’s one rule that requires strict interpretation, then it’s got to be the no punching rule.

    • ss3walkman - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:44 PM

      Too bad it didn’t turn into the brawl at the palace part 2

  3. stephenolszewski - Feb 24, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    I’ve felt like doing that and I wasn’t even playing against him

    • saint1997 - Feb 25, 2013 at 1:29 AM

      so true. The guy is the most annoying punk in the whole NBA

  4. money2long - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    he woulda punched him in the face…if he could reach that high

  5. dannymac17 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:32 PM

    “It wasnt intentional”

    And neither were my 3 children, but it still happened.

    • ez0682 - Feb 24, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      White trash u think thats hard come a soccer gm an ull c real physical anthe field an were the fans stand ull catch a wuppin or get killed u stupid american

      • jrose606 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:29 PM

        that escalated quickly.

      • dannymac17 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Was that even English?

      • davidly - Feb 24, 2013 at 5:35 PM

        I’ll fight your dad.

      • ocgunslinger - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:49 PM

        Thanks for the well thought out opinion

      • stayhigh_247 - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:17 PM

        if we’re so stupid why are you even on this site? go home!

    • scalfor3 - Feb 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

      man some people have no sense of humor. you must be a blast at parties, ez0682

  6. sweetnlow44 - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    “or the fact that Hansbrough continued to illegally move once the contact was made”

    Continued to illegally move? He got knocked backward because Bynum ran right into him. That’s illegal? I’m no physics major, but I swear Newton had some laws of motion that explain Hansbrough’s movement after Bynum ran into him.

  7. magicfanintn - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    Hansbrough flopped.

  8. westcoastredbird - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    That was nothing compared to the “accidental” elbow thrown by Metta World Peace to the noggin of James Harden. Tyler’s just lucky that he didn’t get hit a foot lower then he would have something to complain about.

  9. eventhorizon04 - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    This reminds me of a story told by a former NBA player (I forgot his name) involving Michael Jordan.

    During a game, he managed to knock down Jordan with a hard screen that Jordan didn’t see coming, which pumped up his teammates.

    Later in the game, this player saw a chance to do it again and got into position to set the screen behind Jordan. However, right before Jordan ran into him, Jordan side-stepped him and punched him – hard – in the groin.

    A referee saw it but called just a personal foul (non-shooting) on Jordan, so the player didn’t even get free throws in exchange for taking a punch in a “sensitive” area.

    Point being, basketball in the 1980’s was very, very different than today.

    • eventhorizon04 - Feb 24, 2013 at 6:59 PM

      Scott Hastings was the player.

      The story is here

      Mid-way through the article.

  10. garybrian - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:00 PM

    The way Hansborough plays I’m surprised that more players haven’t taken a shot at him. If you look up the phrase “dirty player” in the dictionary you would see his picture!

    • borderline1988 - Feb 24, 2013 at 7:38 PM

      It’s hard not to like hime with his effort and ability to score points the hard way, but he is as dirty of a player that ever was. The guy fouls opposing players on pretty much every play, but gets away with a lot of it. I’m not really sure why…

  11. savvybynature - Feb 24, 2013 at 8:00 PM

    In Bynum’s defense, who hasn’t wanted to punch Hansborough on at least one occasion?!!?

  12. mstiger1 - Feb 24, 2013 at 10:08 PM

    I love Hansborough’s physical play. If the others can’t handle it they need to go somewhere else to play. Wah, Wah.

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