The NBA has handed down its punishments ensuing from Thursday night time’s altercation between Donovan Mitchell of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Dillon Brooks of the Memphis Grizzlies.
The league introduced Friday that Brooks has been suspended one recreation with out pay, and Mitchell fined $20,000.
“After lacking a layup and falling to the ground, Brooks initiated the altercation by putting Mitchell within the groin space in an unsportsmanlike method,” the NBA stated Friday. “Mitchell then escalated the state of affairs by throwing the sport ball at and pushing Brooks, after which each gamers continued to bodily interact with each other.
CAVS’ DONOVAN MITCHELL RIPS GRIZZLIES’ DILLON BROOKS AFTER LOW BLOW: ‘THAT’S JUST WHO HE IS’
“Brooks will serve his suspension Sunday, Feb. 5 when the Grizzlies play host to the Toronto Raptors.”
Both Mitchell and Brooks had been ejected within the third quarter of Cleveland’s win after Brooks hit the Cavs’ guard within the groin following a missed layup.
Mitchell ripped Brooks in his postgame press convention, calling the sixth-year professional a grimy participant.
“That’s simply who he’s,” Mitchell stated of Brooks after the sport when requested whether or not he felt that it was an affordable shot. “We’ve seen it a bunch on this league with him. Him and I’ve had our private battles for years. Quite frankly, I’ve been busting his a– for years. Playoffs, common season. And the one recreation he does an (alright) job on me right now, he decides to do one thing like that.
“There’s no place for that within the recreation. And you must shield your self on the finish of the day. This has been brewing for years with me and different guys within the league. You all see it. This isn’t new.”
Brooks declined to handle the altercation following the sport, however teammate Ja Morant did weigh in.
“Anything with regards to unfavorable concerning the Grizzlies, we usually, you already know, get the punishment,” Morant stated. “It ain’t the identical. They (the NBA) hate us.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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