The NBA has officially announced the repercussions for Wednesday night’s brawl between the New York Knicks and Memphis Grizzlies.

Knicks guard Elfrid Payton–who instigated the incident by shoving Grizzlies forward Jae Crowder in the middle of a shot attempt–was suspended for a game. Marko Guduric and Jaren Jackson Jr. were among the Grizzlies players suspended after they left the bench.

Meanwhile, Crowder was fined $25,000 and Knicks forward Marcus Morris was fined $35,000 for the respective roles they played:

Crowder’s fine seems rather trivial. Although Knicks players would argue he is at fault for taking a jumper in the final seconds of a blowout, he did not really do anything to escalate matters immediately after Payton shoved him to the ground.

However, Crowder did engage in some verbal sparring with Morris after the game.

Morris called Crowder’s style of play “woman-like” and said he had “female tendencies” during his postgame media session, setting off an entirely separate controversy:

Crowder immediately shot back, citing Morris’ poor shooting performance while also getting some assistance from WNBA star Elizabeth Cambage:

Cambage’s two cents actually prompted a pair of apology tweets from Morris:

The Knicks fully accepted the league’s decision while also saying they did not approve of Morris’ comments:

However, the damage has already been done, especially for a long-suffering fan base. The brawl and Morris’ subsequent comments were more stains on an ugly Knicks season, which seemed to come to a head when fans chanted for owner James Dolan to “sell the team.”



Brandon Ingram, Pelicans