NBA Hands Down Punishment For Dillon Brooks' Shot To Donovan Mitchell's Groin

The NBA has handed down its punishment for the scrap Thursday night that was initiated when the Memphis Grizzlies' Dillon Brooks swung and hit the Cleveland Cavaliers' Donovan Mitchell in the groin. 

It's a one-game suspension for Brooks, and a $20,000 fine for Mitchell. Based on Brooks' $11.4M contract for this season, the suspension will cost him $139,000 (his average pay for each of 82 games). 

"You can't go around punching people...that was a cheap shot," said Charles Barkley on the NBA on TNT set. 

The NBA, in its ruling, declared that "Brooks initiated the altercation by striking Mitchell in the groin area in an unsportsmanlike manner." Which begs the question, of course: is there a "sportsmanlike manner" in which one can strike another in the groin area??

The league also determined that "Mitchell went on to escalate the situation by throwing the game ball at and pushing Brooks."

In the end, Brooks received a flagrant 2, and both players were ejected. The Cavs went on to win 128-113, handing the Grizzlies their 7th loss in their last eight games. 

Mitchell later said the whole thing was "complete bulls---" while calling out Brooks, and trashing him all around.