J.J. Barea Hurled Foul Language at Ray Allen Following an Altercation Last Night (Video)
It’s always fun when players are mic’d up for games so you can hear exactly what they’re saying to each other in the heat of the action. However, it’s even more fun when they aren’t mic’d up, because then we get to decide for ourselves what they are saying. And in some cases—like the video we showed you yesterday of LeBron James muttering to the referees—our interpretations can be quite colorful and imaginative.
Of course, sometimes when we read players’ lips, there really can be no question about what’s being said—which is the case with this video we have for you today.
At last night’s Heat-Timberwolves game in Minneapolis, Miami guard Ray Allen gave Minnesota guard J.J. Barea a shove with his elbow with about 8 minutes left in the game. Barea took exception to this (and probably also to the fact that no foul was called), so he ran up and bumped into Allen pretty hard.
Miraculously, the 6’0″ 175-pound Barea sent the 6’5″ 205-pound Allen flying to the floor. Allen then got up and charged at Barea, but teammates held everyone back. The referees initially called it a Flagrant Foul 1, which would have kept Barea in the game. But then they reviewed the play and decided to call it a Flagrant Foul 2, which meant Barea was ejected.
That set the fiery Puerto Rican off. So, as he was being escorted off the court, he shouted a few choice words in the direction of Allen.
Here’s the foul:
And here is what Barea had to say to Allen as he was leaving:
I’m not a lip-reading expert, but I’m pretty sure Barea called Allen a “f**king p**sy.” And this interpretation is not refuted by what Barea had to say about the incident after the game.
“I’ve been playing in the NBA for seven years,” he explained. “I get hit harder than that every night. I don’t get up crying and want to fight.”
So what do you think? You’ve got all the evidence in front of you.
Hat Tip – [ESPN]