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Kobe Bryant

I'd Smack the Hell Outta

Ex-Rutgers Coach

4/10/2013 7:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Put your hands on Kobe Bryant ... he's gonna put a beatdown on you -- even if you're his coach.

During an interview with Jim Rome ... Kobe reacted to the infamous video of now-fired Rutgers coach Mike Rice getting physical with his players, saying if he was on that team ... "I woulda smacked the hell out of him. No question about it."



It's interesting since Kobe never played college hoops -- going straight from high school to the NBA -- but he points out that as an 18-year-old he didn't take crap from Shaquille O'Neal ... so why would he take it from a coach.

There is one person Kobe will let smack him around ... check out the clip.

The full interview airs tonight on Showtime at 9 PM (PT and ET).

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31.

kim    

What a nut job. Those poor kids.

525 days ago
32.

BradDavis    

Yet he did nothing when Shaq slapped the hell out of him in practice. Fake tough guy!

525 days ago
33.

Truth    

OH MAN, STFU... DUDE NEVER PLAYED COLLEGE BALL. I DOUBT HE WOULD'VE DONE THAT AT 18 AND RISK GETTING KICKED OFF THE TEAM AND NEVER PLAY ANYWHERE AGAIN. IMMA SURE ALL THE GUYS WANTED TO BEAT THE SH*T OUT OF RICE BUT DINT CUZ THEY ALL WANTED TO GET INTO THE PROS... POINT BLANK! #TRUTH!!

525 days ago
34.

Bad Dog    

LOL he banged skanks and then got slapped down by his wife. He wouldn't slap the coach, he would have bought him a diamond ring

525 days ago
35.

Glory Bee    

No you wouldn't Kobe. You're a woman beating rapist. A coward. S*** like you talk big but slink into the dark when real men are around. Isn't this a**hole dead yet?

525 days ago
36.

Jenn    

There are hundreds of NBA players who played college ball and a small handful who did not. No big surprise that it's one of the ones who did NOT that's making this comment. The rest know that they would have put up with the same crap these players did... because they didn't want to blow their chance. I'm not saying it's right, but there's a reason why so many players put up with the abuse for as long as they did, and it's not because they're a bunch of pansies.

525 days ago
37.

Menace to society     

He may be one of the laker top scorers of all time but he's the most selfish laker I have ever seen in purple and hold..Magic made other teammates better that's how u build a team

525 days ago
38.

Sam    

Says the man who is a wife cheater and hypocrite!

525 days ago
39.

AZCHIC83    

kobe would have not done **** but rape his wife. kobe is a joke and anyone who watches basketball knows that kobes doesnt like to fight so that fact that he would even say that is bull****. not to mention kobe would have gotten layed out

525 days ago
40.

JuanRambo    

Kobe Bryant is bad ass better than Lebron James...

525 days ago
41.

JuanRambo    

I would of beat the **** out that coach... I see this students not doing **** in the video & I'm thinking WTF knock his ****ing ass out... **** that punk ass coach...

525 days ago
42.

David    

Kobe wouldn't have smacked anyone. Hell, Chris Childs kicked Kobe's ass.

525 days ago
43.

David    

Kobe wouldn't have smacked anyone. Hell, he got his ass kicked by Chris Childs.

525 days ago
44.

BEEJ    

Oh please. We've all seen NBA games... Laying a finger (or a near miss) on precious Kobe is grounds for a T and possible ejection.

525 days ago
45.

Rebecca    

Right Kobe, You didn't take sh*t from Shaq. smh as for the coach, he needs to get the sh*t kicked out of him.

525 days ago
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