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GIF: Did Glenn Robinson III punch Jordy Hulls? No.

Feb 4, 2013, 1:48 PM EDT

It was a random play that was barely even noticed by those watching the game, but thanks to a mention from ESPN color commentator Dan Dakich, the interwebs blew up on Monday morning with speculation that Glenn Robinson III had punched Jordy Hulls in the face on Saturday night.

“Just saw Robinson’s punch of Jordan Hulls,” Dakich tweeted. “Has to be suspended.”

I’ll just go right ahead and disagree with him.

I’m assuming the angle that Dakich saw was from the baseline, and I’ll admit, that looks bad. But when you look at it from the side angle, it’s clear that there was no intent involved:

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Robinson had no idea Hulls was behind him and was swinging his arm to try and get it free from Watford, who had it wrapped up as he tried to box Robinson out.

The refs reviewed the video during the game, although it didn’t get much discussion on the broadcast. No flagrant foul was given. Robinson even tweeted about the uproar:

Nothing to see here folks.

(GIF via @WorldofIsaac, from ESPN’s broadcast of the game)

You can find Rob on twitter @RobDauster.

  1. thejjtrain - Feb 4, 2013 at 2:36 PM

    A. You forgot to mention that Dakich is a bigger IU homer than Crean
    B. Dawson got away with a similar action earlier, why should they punish Robinson

    • dexterismyhero - Feb 5, 2013 at 3:23 PM

      No he isn’t a huge homer.

  2. ukraiders - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:01 PM

    Dakich is an idiot..

  3. metalhead65 - Feb 4, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    I don’t know it sure looks like he cocks his him before he hits him and watford has already moved forward when his arm swings.

    • waltrd - Feb 5, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      I agree with you metalhead65. There was too much force in the movement of his arm and Watford was ahead of the blow.

  4. xli2006 - Feb 4, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    I’m an IU fan and that was NOT a punch. Pretty clear that we was turned and pulled his arm away as Hulls ran to him causing the contact.

    Michigan is a solid squad and that was a very clean, respectable game.

    I expect the same battle in Ann Arbor, maybe with a conf title on the line.

  5. metalhead65 - Feb 5, 2013 at 6:23 AM

    I am tired of trying to be respectful to a fan base that can’t accept the fact their team lost a close hard fought game. the refs did not win it for IU the hoosiers playing a great game on both ends of the court did along with having a great home crowd. now shut up and quit crying and accept the fact you lost the game. when IU wins the rematch who will you blame then?

  6. gostlcards5 - Feb 5, 2013 at 2:02 PM

    (For the record, I’m an IU fan) Even if GR3 intentionally swung his arm, he wasn’t trying to hit Hulls. He wasn’t even looking the direction Hulls is coming from. The suggestion is ludicrous to me as I watch the video.

  7. stlouis1baseball - Feb 11, 2013 at 4:02 PM

    Dakich might be an IU Alum…but he is far from a homer. If anything, dude goes overboard the other way.
    That in mind…
    I am also an IU Fan and this is laughable.
    Unless Glenn has eyes in the back of his head…this was inadvertent.
    Hoo…Hoo…Hoo…Hoosiers!

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