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Barkley says Green had ‘moral obligation’ to take action after LeBron stepped over him

Even though TNT’s coverage of the NBA has concluded until next season, Charles Barkley‘s opinion continues to be sought out as the NBA Finals play out. In particular, Chuck was asked to weigh in on the Draymond GreenLeBron James incident.

As you’ve surely seen a number of times by now, James attempted to step over Green like he was Allen Iverson on Tyronn Lue 15 years ago, and Draymond wasn’t having it. He swiped at LeBron’s groin, and after the game the league office determined that the play warranted a flagrant-one on Green, triggering an automatic suspension.

Hot takes on both sides of the spectrum have come out regarding the play, and Barkley is very clearly on team Green.

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According to Barkley, Green really had no other choice than to retaliate to James.

From Howard Beck and Noah Coslov:

“When somebody steps over you, they’re doing that intentionally to rub your face in it… When a guy steps over you, you have a moral obligation to punch him in the balls.”

Barkley never fails to provide a memorable quote.

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