Hours after the Los Angeles Lakers lost to the injury depleted Atlanta Hawks, 1 pop heard around the arena over the sound of 1 loud yell, lead to 1 injured ankle to 1 NBA superstar, and 1 man trending worldwide. This last man was not Kobe Bryant. These facts left most people less curious about the play in question, and more people wondering, “Who the hell is Dahntay Jones? And why is he trending worldwide?” Answer: He is a basketball player, and he touched Kobe Bryant.
Kobe Bryant landed on Dahntay Jones foot when he came down from a fall away 18 footer to tie the game. Kobe missed the shot, but hit the ankle. Kobe is out indefinitely, so Dahntay Jones is trending indefinitely.
Jones is a perfectly serviceable journeyman, including quality stints with the Nuggets, Pacers, and now the Hawks. But this is just madness. The Tweeters are all weighing in whether it was intentional or not, dirty or not. Let’s realize who we are talking about first.
Just a few weeks ago, Dahntay Jones posted a triple-zero and now he’s trending worldwide
— Jonathan Kurth (@JonathanKurth) March 14, 2013
Like I gave MWP the benefit of the doubt when he elbowed Harden, I am also giving Dahntay Jones the benefit of the doubt.
— Rey-Rey (@TheNoLookPass) March 14, 2013
It doesn’t matter if he did it on purpose or not, if it doesn’t matter that he is trending worldwide. Both happened. The league office right now is trying to figure out “Who really is Dahntay Jones.” They are beginning a Presidential-candidate-worthy vetting process. David Stern is wanting to upgrade Dahntay Jones to a technical, or at least a flagrant 1, on a play that wasn’t even called a foul on the floor.
Dahntay Jones does have some history with Kobe Bryant. In a playoff series with the Nuggets in 2009, Jones actually did have a foul on Bryant upgraded to a flagrant 1, which put him in jeopardy of being suspended by the league.
Kobe is peeved he is going to have to wait a year to enact revenge. I’m not sure he’ll get the chance. Per league policy, Jones will likely be sent to the same island that David Stern sent the “Kobe-Stopper,” Ruben Patterson, to all those years ago.