After Chicago Bulls center Robin Lopez was ejected for a fight with Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka on Tuesday, he didn’t get much support from his twin brother, Nets center Brook Lopez.
In the third quarter in a game between the Bulls and Raptors, Robin and Ibaka got tied up underneath the basket and began shoving each other. That’s when Robin threw a punch at Ibaka and Ibaka retaliated with a punch of his own as both teams swarmed to the fracas.
The two were eventually separated and ejected for the incident. They’ll likely both be suspended multiple games.
After hitting a game-winning shot over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday, Brook was asked about the incident and had a great reaction.
“I’ve heard about it through multiple people; people were telling me about it during the game,” Brook said.
He continued, “Maybe we’ll get a grudge match. Who knows. I’m pulling for Ibaka, though.”
When told that Robin threw the first punch, Brook said, “He always does, though! He’s messed up like that.”
The Lopez brothers, by all accounts, are close with one another, but in public and through the media, they often playfully jab each other.
“The Lopez twins were just both doing what we do tonight,” Brook said. “He was doing his dirty job … and I was playing real basketball.”
Here’s a clip of Brook’s reaction:
Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka got ejected for throwing punches at each other.
Brook Lopez says he’s pulling for Ibaka in the grudge match. pic.twitter.com/IojTobIF8k
— Kristian Winfield (@Krisplashed) March 22, 2017
And the fight between Ibaka and Robin: