Charles Barkley and the Golden State Warriors haven’t see eye-to-eye on many things in the past. But one thing they do likely agree on is that Draymond Green should not have been suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals. Before the suspension was announced, Barkley defended Green’s action in his altercation with LeBron James in rather hilarious fashion.
“When a guy steps over you, you have a moral obligation to punch him in the balls,” Barkley said, in an interview on Bleacher Report Radio’s NBA Sunday Tip. “That’s really disrespectful to step over a guy. You’re supposed to pop him in his junk, if he steps over you. … That’s a perfectly fine response.”
Okay, then. Not only was Draymond completely justified in punching LeBron below the waist, but it was an actual “moral obligation.” One probably wouldn’t normally associate “moral obligation” with “punch him in the balls” very often, but there’s a first time for everything.
Barkley’s comments are actually pretty close to being in line with what LeBron’s teammate Kevin Love said, calling James stepping over Green “a form of disrespect.”
We can debate how disrespectful James was or if Green’s reaction was a moral obligation until we’re blue in the face.
For now, it’s important to remember one thing: If you happen to see Charles Barkley laying on the ground at some point, do not walk over him — unless you’re wearing a cup.