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James Harden

I May Have Punched That Guy

... But He Had It Coming

1/3/2014 4:06 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

0103-james-harden-tmzNBA star James Harden claims the guy suing him for an alleged attack outside of an L.A. nightclub DESERVED to get socked in the face, because he was acting like an aggressive a-hole ... this according to docs obtained by TMZ Sports.

We broke the story ... the Houston Rockets player is being sued by a Lakers fan who claims JH socked him in the face back in November after he ran up to Harden's SUV and yelled, "Kobe owns your ass."

But James just filed new docs in L.A. County Superior Court, responding to the lawsuit, in which he says ... IF, and only if, he punched the fan, it's because the guy posed a threat to James and the people who were with him that night..

James also says he was justified in his actions, citing the "doctrine of self-defense."

James is asking the judge to throw out the case ASAP and wants the fan to pay his legal costs.

Fun Fact: James has hired famed Texas attorney Rusty Hardin ... who's represented just about every major sports star who's been through Houston including Roger Clemens, Warren Moon, Steve Francis and Rudy Tomjanovich.

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Standard prison protocol. Someone claims to own "yo azz" you punch them in the face.

258 days ago

Ron Fing Swanson    

Steven Segal rule #8 in his book, "The Crane Kicker" someone gets in your face, a karate chop always stops them dead in their track.

258 days ago


Kobe "my career is just about over" Bryant owns NOBODY. He's old and can't stay healthy. Take a poll of 100 NBA players right now, ask them if they'd rather have Kobe or Harden on their team. 98 of them would want Harden.

258 days ago


Only thing old as$ Kobe owns is a bottle of Centrum Silver from Costco!!

258 days ago

Soda pop    

Metta world two piece to this cat on repeat

258 days ago


Kobe owns his ****, that's it

258 days ago

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