Golden State Warriors Impose Fine, Not Suspension On Draymond Green For Punching Jordan Poole
A disciplinary action has been decided for Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green for punching his teammate Jordan Poole during practice. Head Coach Steve Kerr announced to media that the Warriors have decided to impose a fine, not suspension, on Green. Kerr’s announcement comes after the team’s preseason game against the Portland Trail Blazers. Green has been fined an undisclosed amount.
When giving updates to Media on Green, Kerr stated that the practice altercation was “the biggest crisis” that the franchise has ever had since he took over as head coach. Kerr also mentioned that Green will be allowed to return to practice on Thursday, with expectations of the veteran playing in their final preseason game as well as their regular season opener. Multiple Warriors executives and players were reportedly involved in the decision to fine Green, including Poole, Stephen Curry, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers and Green himself.
“It’s been an exhaustive process,” Kerr said. “We feel like this is the best way after assessing everything for us to move forward. It’s never easy no matter what decision you make in a situation like this. It’s not going to be perfect.”
Kerr emphasized the importance of trust in regards to Green, and that he attributes the veteran’s contributions to the Warriors for his reason of giving him the benefit of the doubt. “I trust him,” Kerr said. “He broke our trust with this incident. But I’m giving him the benefit of the doubt because I think he’s earned that. I think our team feels the same way.”
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TMZ reportedly obtained surveillance footage of the altercation between Poole and Green. In the video, Green is seen walking over to Poole and gets in his face. Poole then shoves Green away from him, which led to the 10-year veteran throwing a punch. Coaches and players soon rushed over to separate the two teammates.
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