Memphis Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks has been suspended one sport with out pay by the NBA, and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell fined $20,000 for his or her roles in an on-court incident on Thursday evening.
The league introduced the punishments on Friday.
Brooks swung and struck Mitchell within the groin space throughout the third quarter after the Grizzlies guard had fallen to the ground. Mitchell retaliated by throwing the ball at Brooks after which shoving him.
Each gamers had been ejected in Cleveland’s 128-113 win.
Afterward, Mitchell accused Brooks of being a grimy participant.
“That’s simply who he’s,″ Mitchell stated. “We’ve seen it a bunch on this league with him. Him and I’ve had our private battles for years. There’s no place for that within the sport. This has been brewing for years with me and different guys within the league. This isn’t new.”
The league stated Brooks will serve his suspension on Sunday, when the Grizzlies host the Toronto Raptors.
Initially, Mitchell was scheduled to talk with reporters in Cleveland’s locker room. However the All-Star guard opted for the workforce’s bigger interview room so he may handle the incident with Brooks.
“I’m dropping cash,” Mitchell stated earlier than answering questions.
Mitchell stated he and Brooks have been feuding for years. He additionally famous that Brooks has had comparable altercations with different gamers.
“I’m not sometimes somebody who will get ejected for stuff like that,” Mitchell stated. “However on the finish of the day, I believe my response was reacting to an affordable shot. If punishment doesn’t come from that, he’s simply going to maintain doing it.
“It’s simply dumb to be sincere with you and I’m going to enchantment it as a result of I don’t assume I ought to’ve gotten ejected for defending myself.”
Earlier than his ejection, Mitchell was having a tough evening. He scored simply six factors on 2-of -1 capturing in 22 minutes whereas being guarded by Brooks. The 2 had matched up often when Mitchell performed for Utah.
“That was cool once we had been simply speaking, however that proper there, a line needs to be drawn,” Mitchell stated. “The NBA has to do one thing about it. I’m not the one particular person this has occurred to and there’s no place for that on this sport.
“I took issues into my very own palms. When you will have an affordable shot like that, there was no want to try this.”
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