Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bynum apologized for the flagrant foul on Dallas Mavericks point guard J.J. Barea that drew an ejection Sunday, saying, “it looks bad” and it doesn’t “represent me.”
“I want to apologize for my actions at the start of the fourth quarter in Dallas,” Bynum said. “This doesn't represent my upbringing and 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."
Immediately after the incident, which drew an immediate ejection, he was not apologetic. Looking at replays changed his mind.
“I want to apologize to J.J. Barea. I'm just glad he wasn't seriously injured,” Bynum said as the Lakers cleared out their lockers and headed into the offseason. “It’s terrible and it won't happen again.”
Calling his action “terrible,” Bynum said, “I saw it. I went in and I watched it, it was terrible. The whole sequence, taking off of the shirt and everything. Sometimes you just have to man up and own it. That's what happened and it's unacceptable. ... It looks bad. It just looks bad.”
Bynum said he plans to try to contact Barea, but admits, “I think he has bigger and better and more important things to do,” given that the Mavericks swept the Lakers and will play the winner of the Oklahoma City-Memphis series. “I don’t know if I’ll get a response back, but I will [try to contact him].”
Saying “it won’t happen again,” he apologized to fans and the franchise, too. “I want to apologize for my actions in Dallas. They don't represent me, my upbringing or this franchise.”
Bynum, who drew a two-game suspension for an incident in March, said, “I believe I’ll be suspended. I don’t want to be suspended.”As for the larger issue of what ails the Lakers, Bynum had few answers. “Practices just weren’t intense enough. We weren’t taking the necessary steps to be prepared for what was coming. ... It definitely is on the court. We love each other off the court. ... We haven't had any issues off the court.”