Robert Horry found himself in a fistfight with a heckler at his son’s basketball tournament over the weekend. TMZ has video of the altercation, which shows a man associated with the opposing team shoving the former Alabama star, who then reacted with numerous punches.
The seven-time NBA champion claims he was applying self-defense to a situation that continued to escalate, as his son was competing in the Nike 3ON3 tournament at L.A. Live.
Witnesses tell us a man affiliated with the opposing team was heckling Horry throughout the game when he approached R.H. and pushed him.
Horry responded with his fists … throwing several punches at the man. It’s unclear if any of the punches landed.
“The guy was trash talking the whole game. He shoved me. Where I’m from, you protect yourself.”
R.H. — a 7x NBA champion — says he ultimately decided to walk away rather than continue to fight, knowing he was “the only one who was gonna lose in this situation.”
Horry claims the man was also verbally abusive at past events.
Horry played at Alabama from 1988-1992 and guided the Crimson Tide to two Sweet 16 appearances.