The league felt differently.
Philadelphia 76ers guard Ben Simmons has been fined $20,000 and assessed a Flagrant Foul 1 upon league office review for making contact to the groin of Toronto Raptors guard Kyle Lowry, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.
I thought Simmons might get away with it because Lowry downplayed the incident. But Lowry’s response shouldn’t have mattered, only Simmons’ action.
And that warranted this penalty.