Memphis Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks has been suspended one game without pay and Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell has been fined $20,000 for their roles in an on-court altercation, it was announced today by NBA executive vice president and head of basketball operations Joe Dumars.
"After missing a layup and falling to the floor, Brooks initiated the altercation by striking Mitchell in the groin area in an unsportsmanlike manner," the NBA's press release stated. "Mitchell then escalated the situation by throwing the game ball at Brooks and pushing him, after which both players continued to physically engage with one another."
Brooks was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected, and Mitchell was given a technical foul and ejected.
The incident occurred with 5:48 remaining in the third quarter of the Cavaliers’ 128-113 victory over the Grizzlies on Feb. 2 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Brooks will serve his suspension Sunday, Feb. 5 when the Grizzlies play host to the Toronto Raptors.
After the game, Mitchell was asked if Brooks' hit was a cheap shot and he didn't hold back.
“For sure. That’s just who he is. We have seen it a bunch in this league with him," Mitchell told Basketball News. "Him and I have had our personal battles for years. Quite frankly I’ve been busting his ass for years — playoffs, regular season. And the one game he does an alright job on me today, he decides to do something like that. No place for that in the game.
“You’ve gotta protect yourself at the end of the day. This has been brewing for years— with me, with other guys in the league. You all see it. This isn’t new. Tonight was just the end of it. It’s tough when you can’t guard somebody and you can’t do something with somebody, you’ve got to resort to that. And that is what he has done to a lot of players. Off the top of my head, I think it’s like Dame [Lillard] and Steph [Curry]. It’s just one of those things you resort to and that’s cool, but I’m glad my guys held it down tonight and had my back throughout the whole thing...
"The NBA has to do something about it. I’m not the only person this has happened to, and there’s no place for that in this game. I took matters into my own hands. But at the end of the day, that ain’t it."