Grizzlies guard Dillon Brooks blames perception of him as a ‘villain’ for Game 3 ejection vs. Lakers

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Dillon Brooks has spoken openly about his exclusion from the Memphis Grizzlies’ Game 3 first-round loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. The brash guard, who had initially refused to speak to reporters at the arena, addressed the media during practice on Sunday, blaming the decision on the perception of him as a “bad guy.”

“The media makes me a bad guy, the fans make me a bad guy, that just creates a different persona on me,” Brooks said.

Early in the third quarter in Game 3, Brooks went for a steal, but misjudged his range and ended up hitting LeBron James in the groin. James hit the deck in pain and the officials went to the monitor for a review, then they ruled a Flagrant 2 foul on Brooks and sent him out of the game.

While Brooks’ contact with James may not have been intentional, we saw earlier in the playoffs with the James Harden situation that it doesn’t matter when it comes to shots to the groin. And even if Brooks’ reputation played a role in the umpires’ decision, he would have only himself to blame.

This was just the latest incident for Brooks, who has a history of overly physical play. In the second round of the playoffs last season, he was ejected for a hard foul on Gary Payton II that resulted in a broken elbow for the Golden State Warriors guard and later a game suspension. This season, he was ejected for hitting Cleveland Cavaliers guard Donovan Mitchell in the groin and also suspended for one game for reaching the technical foul threshold.

In addition, Brooks talks a lot of nonsense in court and has made controversial statements in the media. The latter came after the Grizzlies’ win in Game 2 when he shot at James.

“I do not give a hoot, [LeBron James] is old. I waited for that, I expected him to do Game 4, Game 5, he wanted to say something when I got my fourth foul. He shouldn’t have said that before. I poke bears. I don’t respect anyone until they come and give me 40.

“Of course I have some respect. He’s a legend. He’s LeBron James. But when I’m on that floor, you’re just another player to me. I don’t care who you are. You’re just 6-8, 270 pounds, and you’re a basketball player And that’s where guys they don’t see that part of that game where, oh, I had those moments, year one, year two, where it’s like, ‘Oh, he’s glowing, he glows.’ But now I’m creating a name for myself.”

Brooks will receive no further penalty from the league, according to Adrian Wojnarowski, so he is eligible to play in Game 4 on Monday. Already trailing 1-2 in the series, the Grizzlies face what is essentially a must-win game.





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