Chris Childs Explains the Time He Punched Kobe Bryant in the Face

15 years ago, New York Knicks guard Chris Childs jacked Kobe Bryant in the face twice, and according to Childs, he could have hit him way harder.

Per the

“He was a young player at the time. He had to challenge someone. I happened to be that guy.”

“A couple of times going around screens, I played tight defense, it’s physical down there and he hit me with an elbow. I’m fine with that, but don’t do it above the shoulders.’’

Childs questioned the officials: “’Are you going to do anything about this?’ They said: ‘What you want me do?’

“‘No problem, I’ll take care of that.’ I said: ‘Young fella, do that again, there’s going to be a problem.’ Kobe said, ‘What are you going to do?’


Childs went on to discuss the punches, per

“When I hit him, I didn’t want to hurt him. I knew he was an up-and-coming guy. I remember back in the day watching Kermit Washington hit Rudy T with an infamous punch during a game in 1977. I didn’t want to get that label of hurting a guy’s career. So I just happened to tap him and let him know you’re trying the wrong guy.’”

Good thing Childs didn’t knock him out. He ended up being pretty decent.

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