How am I not "being real"? You swing your elbow in front of your body in a way that it cuts through the face/head of the person defending you, that is a particularly dangerous play.
What would your reaction be if someone did that to you in a pickup game?
edit: excessive is also a good way to put it
He swung his elbow in front of his body to avoid getting his shot blocked since he was going in for a layup. If you accidentally get hit, then you accidentally get hit. It's SPORTS! Again, that's like saying when you swing your elbows out in front of your body in the triple threat position, it's a dangerous play too right?