An overhead angle of the moment suggested to some that the Black Mamba wasn’t actually standing in front of Barnes at the time:
He wasnt standing in front of him when he did it my whole life is a lie pic.twitter.com/8pGF2IRAjQ
— Sherwob Holmes (@World_Wide_Wob) October 2, 2018
Bryant responded to what people are calling #FlinchGate, per Chris Martin Palmer:
Just talked to Kobe a couple minutes ago about this. He hadn’t heard about it yet. He wasn’t worried. At all. “You gotta remember I was swaying. He did it and I didn’t balk.” https://t.co/8nR2wHNIX4
— Chris Martin Palmer (@ChrisPalmerNBA) October 2, 2018
We agree, Kobe.
Nah it’s real, forget what you heard. pic.twitter.com/st5mBrwBLf
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 2, 2018
Video via The Basketball Fail.