The Grizzlies’ Dillon Brooks punched Donovan Mitchell’s groin, and NBA fans ripped the dirty play
By Robert Zeglinski,
Dillon Brooks should definitely know better by now.
On Thursday night, as Brooks’ Memphis Grizzlies battled the Cleveland Cavaliers, the forward was caught in a tangle with Cleveland’s Donovan Mitchell after a drive. After falling to the court, rather than let bygones be bygones and move on to the next play, Brooks rolled over on the floor and took his time before taking what seemed to be an obvious shot at Mitchell’s groin. (Which had an amusing sound effect from announcer Kevin Harlan.)
Understandably, a small fight erupted as Mitchell took exception to Brooks taking unnecessary low blows while already down and out.
This was not a great look for the Memphis player at all:
Oh. Oh, wow. Both players would be ejected for their roles in this skirmish as the Cavaliers won 128-113.
Let’s see another closer angle of the Brooks groin punch on Mitchell:
Phew. That sure looks like Brooks deliberately swinging his arm toward Mitchell’s groin with intent.
It’s worth noting that Brooks does have a relatively recent history of this kind of behavior. During Game 2 of last year’s Western Conference Semifinals against the Golden State Warriors, Brooks took a dangerous shot to Gary Payton II’s head. Payton II would break his elbow on the play and not return until later in the postseason, while Brooks would be ejected and assessed a Flagrant 2 before eventually being suspended for Game 3.
It’s tough to say now, but it’s hard not to see some sort of disciplinary action coming Brooks’ way after this dirty play directed toward Mitchell.
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