Some say he got off easy.
Others feel the punishment fit the crime.
But a Warrior avoided suspension despite his vicious attack on a teammate.
Draymond Green will not be suspended for his violent attack on teammate Jordan Poole, but will only be fined.
This is according to an announcement by Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr.
This all stems from an incident where Green punched Poole during a team practice.
In the video of the incident, Poole and Green appear to be jawing at each other.
Green then walks over to the sidelines and slowly walks back over to Poole who takes a number of steps backwards and off the court.
Green then bumps his chest into Poole.
Poole then shoves Green away.
Green then punches Poole, who then appears to fall to the ground with Green over top of him while a number of their other teammates and staff rush over to break the two up.
Green later apologized, saying, “I was wrong for my actions that took place on Wednesday and for that I have apologized to my team. I have apologized to Jordan and I wanted to take that a step further with the event yesterday, with the video leaking.”
Coach Steve Kerr said that Green will only be fined for his actions.
Kerr said, “Green is going to come back to practice on Thursday. He’s been fined. He will not be suspended. I expect him to play Friday in our last preseason game and on opening night. We have spent the last week in deep discussions with all of our key figures in the organization including Jordan and Draymond, of course, Steph, all of our players, Bob, myself and I can tell you there have been a lot of conversations: individual, one-on-one, discussions, players only discussions, everything that you can think of, all the different combinations that are possible to have in a conversation. We’ve had them. It’s been an exhaustive process. We feel like we have a great feel for our team. We’ve got a lot of continuity on this team so Bob and I know our players extremely well. And we feel like this is the best way after assessing everything for us to move forward.”
In addressing the fine, Kerr said, “I’m not going to talk about the fine other than to say he has been fined, but I won’t talk about the amount on that.”
Golden State Warriors President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Bob Myers summed up the incident, saying, “As reported there was an altercation. The people that were reported to be in it, that’s accurate. Everybody’s fine. Jordan practiced today. Draymond didn’t. Look, it’s the NBA, it’s professional sports, these things happen. Nobody likes it. We don’t condone it, but it happened.”
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