Dillon Brooks on flagrantly fouling Gary Payton II: ‘I jumped, and he adjusted’
Plenty of statements were made after Grizzlies wing Dillon Brooks injured Warriors guard Gary Payton II with a flagrant foul on a fastbreak.
But we’d yet to hear from the primary actor.
Now, Brooks is explaining himself.
Jason Dumas of KRON4 News:
Dillon Brooks spoke Monday morning for the first time since being suspended for his flagrant two foul on Gary Payton II.— Jason Dumas (@JDumasReports) May 9, 2022
Says he hasn't spoke with GPII or anyone with the Warriors. Wishes he could take the play back. And that he likes getting booed. pic.twitter.com/CLZRpvHwLE
I do believe, with time to gather and consider his thoughts, Books doesn’t want to injure anyone. But in the moment, clubbing an airborne Payton in the head from behind, Brooks looked at least like someone who didn’t care about injuring Payton – maybe worse. Watching the play, it’s hard to see “I jumped, and he adjusted” as an accurate description.
Ultimately, it matters most what Brooks did in the heat of the moment. He took a dirty shot.
Brooks on Kerr’s broke-the-code comments:
It’s clear what Kerr meant: Brooks was reckless, elevating the risk of injuring someone beyond what’s deemed accepted by NBA players.
There’s nothing wrong with playing hard. But this wasn’t a simple case of a high-effort play gone awry.
While there’s room to debate just how far Brooks went over the line, Golden State fans certainly won’t show him benefit of the doubt in Game 4 tonight in San Francisco .