During the third quarter of the Milwaukee Bucks’ game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday, Malcolm Brogdon committed a hard foul on Nick Young which kicked off a fury of events.
Young immediately reacted to the foul by shoving Brogdon out of bounds, which set off a mini-skirmish. Greg Monroe came to the defense of his Bucks teammate by dangerously shoving the Lakers guard on the neck, before D'Angelo Russell retaliated to that push by a shove of his own on the center.
Everything calmed down after that and all three shovers were ejected from the game by the officials. According to Fox Sports, all three have now been given their punishments for their actions by the NBA, which are somewhat surprising considering what happened.
While all three players received fines, not a single one of them was suspended. Monroe was given the biggest fine of the three for his dangerous shove on Young, costing him $35,000. Young was given the second biggest fine of $25,000 for what he did, while Russell was only handed a $15,000 fine.
That means collectively, the Bucks and Lakers players involved in this mini-skirmish were fined $75,000, but surprisingly, not a single one of them will be missing any game time.
However, one of the moment during the incident which Lakers head coach Luke Walton pointed out after the game wasn't even addressed. This was when a Bucks security personnel grabbed Brandon Ingram and pushed him away from the skirmish.
Walton said on that part of the incident on Friday: "If there’s nothing wrong with that, then I have no problem finding some people to hire on our staff (for the) next time we get in a skirmish.
"The refs don’t say anything about that, and he puts his hands on one of our players. He works for them. He can touch (Milwaukee’s) players all he wants. Don’t touch my damn players. Because if that’s OK, I’m sure we can find a couple of people here in LA that want that job working for the Lakers, too.”
While the referee's on the night might have done a good job of defusing the situation to make sure it didn't escalate any further, it seems the NBA is unable to hand out punishment that is appropriate for what happened.
Especially in the case of a Bucks security personnel touching a Lakers player, as in the rules, it states only coaches can enter the court during a situation like this. Players can't, and team security personnel certainly can't either.