Memphis Grizzlies guard-forward Dillon Brooks has been fined $25,000 for aggressively confronting a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner upon his ejection.
It was announced today by Byron Spruell, President, League Operations. The incident took place after Brooks was assessed his second technical foul with 27.5 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Grizzlies’ 104-96 loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Dec. 8 at FedExForum.
25-year-old Brooks also expressed his own displeasure with the officiating after the Wednesday night matchup with the Mavericks. Bluntly calling the referees’ efforts “bulls***.” Brooks was also critical during the postgame news conference.
The teams were whistled for forty-four total fouls, along with six technical fouls. Memphis was called for four technical fouls over the final 5:40 of the game.
“As you saw in the game, we’ve been playing physical basketball for about a week now,” Brooks said on Wednesday. “And all of a sudden, new officials come in here and they call an inconsistent game. They want to call ticky-tack in the first half and then in the second half, they want to call nothing.”
Brooks continued, saying, “Then, you got guys getting undercut, I’m getting hit on the floor, no call. It’s a lack of protection of the players. That’s the main thing. I felt like this crew came out there and just made it about them, and that’s bull.
“Obviously I can’t put it all on them. We got to get the 50/50 balls, you got to be able to rebound the basketball, you got to be able to hit shots in timely ways. But this crew did not protect the players. They just wanted to get the game over with and that’s from the very beginning. That’s bull.”
This is not the only fine coming down from the league. Kyle Kuzma was just sapped with a $15k fine for flipping the bird at a fan.