Why Aaron Haynes apologized to South Korea

There’s a saying in the National Basketball Association that the acronym NBA in fact stands for ‘No Boys Allowed’.

Basketball is such a great sport because it mixes finesse with speed and physicality.

Unfortunately, the physicality part is being overshadowed by an action that tarnishes the reputation of the sport; flopping. And flopping is exactly what KCC guard MinGoo Kim did against Aaron Haynes and the SK Knights.

The flop came on December 16, 2013 as Kim and the KCC Egis were in Seoul to take on Aaron Haynes and the SK Knights.


With 5:17 to go in the second quarter, Kim passes the ball to the wing and crashes the board as the shot goes up.

The next 11 seconds with forever be remembered in KBL history.

Haynes is right there with Kim under the basket. Kim and Haynes collide under the rim.

The Knights grab the rebound and head up the floor. Haynes and Kim are behind the play and appear to have a verbal altercation.

It appears that Kim says something to Haynes as they both run the length of the floor. Haynes retaliates by running Kim over.

Before the contact was made, Kim sees Haynes coming for him and slows down awaiting the contact. Haynes bumps into Kim sending Kim 10 feet down the court before doing what seemed to be a break dance on the floor.

The hit looked worse than it was because Kim completely sold it. He kicked his feet in the air while laying on the ground. He then appears to have a seizure by shaking his body until the trainer gives him attention.

He would be escorted to the locker room.

After a hit like that (judging from the aftermath), Kim should have been rushed to the hospital.

No, no , no, it gets better; KIM RETURNED TO PLAY IN THE 3RD QUARTER.

With six minutes to play in the 3rd quarter, Kim checks into the game and appears to be fine.

Kim would go on to sit the next game with an ankle injury.

The initial video shows no sign of Kim holding his ankle or even limping when he returned to the game. In fact, the original replay of the bump shows Kim flopping his legs up and down slamming them against the court. That is extremely hard to do when you have an ankle sprain.

The aftermath was terrible for Haynes.

He was a wanted man in South Korea. Every newscast, blog and sports section were after him. It went as far as receiving threats from angry Korean fans to his wife.

Haynes and the SK Knights held a press conference apologizing to the entire country of South Korea for his bump on Kim.

Sk Knights head coach and Aaron Haynes apologizing to South Korea

Sk Knights head coach and Aaron Haynes apologizing to South Korea.

Shortly after the apology was made, Kim did an interview on South Korean national TV expressing his concern for Haynes and demanding the Korean people to forgive him.


The true reason behind the Haynes apology was for exposing the flopping problem on the national scale. Koreans are some of the best/worst floppers in the world. They shy away from the physicality of the game and embrace the flopping.

South Korea is a country known for its ‘Korean dramas’, let’s try a keep that away from the basketball court.

Here is an example of a flop that happened just days after the Haynes incident.

Haynes has been suspended for five games and has been removed from the all-star game (he would have started on the same team as Kim).

Nick Bedard (@bedardnick) is the editor-in-chief of Basketballbuddha.com.

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