Hairston: Bryce Harper had every right to defend himself


"I have no problem with Bryce Harper going out there and defending himself. A guy throwing a 98 MPH fastball, that can be a life-changer. A career-changer. He breaks his wrist, he may not be the same player again. He gets hit in the head, and maybe concussions become an issue. 

"Bryce Harper did, in my opinion, what any man is justified to do in his situation, which is defend himself."

Dodgers Insider Jerry Hairston, Jr. was on the broadcast for Monday's game between the Nationals and Giants, which produced no shortage of controversy due to a bench-clearing ball that started when Giants pitcher Hunter Strickland beaned Nationals star Bryce Harper.

Hairston joined "Lunchtime" with Roggin and Rodney on Tuesday to discuss his take on the incident, ranging from Harper defending himself to Giants catcher Buster Posey not stepping in to prevent things from escalating. The former Dodger also provides a player's perspective on the matter.

Listen to the full interview below.

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