Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Says NBA Has Witch Hunt Against Kobe Bryant – Said Vendetta Against Star Player – Everyone Does It

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson Says NBA Has Witch Hunt Against Kobe Bryant – Said Vendetta Against Star Player – Everyone Does It

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(Best Syndication) Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson says the National Basketball Association is conducting a “witch hunt” against star player Kobe Bryant. Kobe was disciplined for the third time in six weeks when he elbowed Philadelphia's Kyle Korver in the jaw during last Friday's game.

After the weekend the NBA decided to assess the foul as a flagrant 1 penalty. This prompted Jackson’s response on Tuesday "It shouldn't even have been a flagrant I." Jackson went on to tell the LA Times that "That's crazy. That's a vendetta. They have a witch hunt going on. It's nuts. Guys riding somebody. Everybody does that in this league. It's just becoming a witch hunt now."

Kobe was given one game suspensions for hitting Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs in the face on January 28th, and again last week for fouling Marko Jaric of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Ginobili and Jaric subsequently said they believed Bryant struck them unintentionally while shooting.

Jackson complained because the league spent the weekend watching tapes and later assessed the penalty on Monday. "It is an after-the-fact type of thing," Jackson said, "and that is bothersome. They have the advantage of looking at videotape.

"We wish they would correct some of the mistakes they make in a ballgame the same way. There's a couple of games that probably could be swung, won or lost, by some of the calls they [could] correct after the fact. But you can't do that in the game."

NBA Vice President, Stu Jackson did not consult with the referees on the court before handing down the second suspension. The league only reviewed the tapes. When asked about not consulting the refs on the court, Jackson said "You would think that would happen. From what I understand, Jaric got on [Bryant's] arm before [Bryant] got to the ball. So … Kobe is reacting to [Jaric's] hand and the whole play ensues. If a referee sees that, he might have called the first foul [on Jaric] and not the second…. But it doesn't look like they are making that accommodation at all."

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