Golden State Warriors Forward Draymond Green Suspended for Five Games After Altercation
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been suspended for five games without pay by the NBA due to his involvement in an on-court altercation during Tuesday night’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The incident occurred when Green forcibly grabbed Rudy Gobert around the neck in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner, according to NBA executive vice president Joe Dumars.
The length of the suspension was influenced by Green’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct, which includes several previous suspensions. This suspension will result in him missing important games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, as well as matchups with the Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and San Antonio Spurs.
In addition to Green’s suspension, Klay Thompson, Jaden McDaniels, and Rudy Gobert were each fined $25,000 for their involvement in the altercation. The incident began when McDaniels and Thompson became entangled with each other, prompting Green to forcibly grab Gobert in a headlock, leading other players to intervene and separate them.
This is not the first time Green has faced disciplinary action. Last season, he was suspended for stomping on the chest of Kings center Domantas Sabonis. With this latest suspension, it marks Green’s fifth career suspension.
In his defense, Green expressed his displeasure with the decision and called it a personal attack. He plans to appeal the NBA’s ruling, further prolonging the resolution of the situation.
Green and Gobert have had a contentious relationship in the past, with Green previously mocking Gobert for his emotional reaction when he was not selected as an All-Star. Their history likely contributed to the intensity of the altercation and the subsequent disciplinary actions taken by the NBA.
This is the second time this season that Green has been ejected from a game, as he was previously tossed during a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Contributions to this report were made by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Kendra Andrews, as well as The Associated Press.
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