That includes analyst Skip Bayless, who made his view clear on Twitter.
The problem is that his view is a bit confounding, to say the least.
The NBA makes me sick. It crumbled under social media pressure to "do the right thing" and wrongly suspend Dillon Brooks. It also obviously wants – NEEDS – beloved Steph to advance, not some upstart team from Memphis. Congrats, Association, Twitter owns and operates you.
— Skip Bayless (@RealSkipBayless) May 5, 2022
“The NBA makes me sick,” Bayless began on Thursday.
He continued: “It crumbled under social media pressure to “do the right thing” and wrongly suspend Dillon Brooks. It also obviously wants – NEEDS – beloved Steph to advance, not some upstart team from Memphis. Congrats, Association, Twitter owns and operates you.”
Twitter has long been known as a nesting ground for conspiracy theories but this might be the wildest one yet.
Calling Out The Association
Bayless is overlooking two major facts about Brooks’ suspension.
Firstly, Brooks was out for much of Game 2 after being ejected and the Grizzlies still won.
That means that Memphis isn’t being as handicapped as Bayless alleges.
Secondly, the foul against Payton was pretty severe and resulted in a serious injury.
Brooks swiped his arm across Payton’s head as Payton attempted a layup.
Payton then took a hard fall and was later diagnosed with a fractured left elbow.
He is expected to miss at least two weeks of playing.
That’s a simple, easy foul committed by Brooks and that means that the punishment seems to fit.
Bayless says that the league is bowing down to people online but it seems like they are just making a rational judgment call.