Watch: Chris Childs Talks About His Epic Fight With Kobe Bryant, Reveals His True Thoughts

Chris Childs and Kobe Bryant haven’t fought in almost 17 years and yet, for some reason, people are still talking about it. This happened during a Knicks/Lakers game in April 200. Ever since then, Childs has maintained that he could have done a lot of damage to Kobe, saying he could have him a lot harder, and in an interview, he maintained that opinion.

He said, “If you watch the tape, he elbowed me twice. He started it. I looked at the ref and said, ‘Are you going to do something about this?’ He put his hands out like, ‘Whatever.’ I’m like, ‘Okay, no problem. I got this.’ We run up and down the court and I say, ‘Young fella, if you do that again, I’m going to take off on you.'”

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He continued, “And he said, ‘You aren’t going to do that.’ When you watch the tape, when he comes around a pick, he kind of lightweight head butts me to get off. Once he did  that, he’s taller than me and I’m in striking distance. I took off on him. I didn’t want to knock him out, because I could have. But if I did, I’d still be suspended right now. I didn’t put the shoulder in or lean in to it. I didn’t want to hurt him.”

In the aftermath of this epic court brawl, Childs was suspended for two games and fined $15,000 while Kobe was suspended for one game and fined $5,000. Childs has since retired about fourteen years ago, so it seems we’ll never get to see a rematch, but I guess we can always just take his word for it that he would have won.

Hopefully, though, now that he’s done a full in-depth interview about it, we can finally let this topic of conversation die already.

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