Since I had a change event in my grid, I needed to handle this more precisely. So I ended up testing if the click actually came from the hierarchy link or was a real row select:
DO SELECT ACTIONS HERE
I am testing if the triggered event came from the hierarchy link, which I am assuming is a direct child of ('.k-hierarchy-cell'). This would be a nice property off the grid called "selectOnDetail: false". I hope this helps.