Renowned in the NBA, Draymond Green is a prominent figure, recognized not only for his stellar performance but also for his fiery on-court demeanor. However, he recently crossed a line that resulted in his suspension.
On December 12, the Golden State Warriors, led by Draymond Green, clashed with the Phoenix Suns. In a pivotal moment, Green, while blocking Suns center Jusuf Nurkić, unexpectedly swung his arm, making contact with Nurkić’s face. This action caused Nurkić to fall to the ground, holding his face in discomfort. Subsequently, upon video review, game officials decided to eject Green from the match.
Post-game, Draymond Green extended an apology to Jusuf Nurkić for the inadvertent hit during their encounter. Green clarified that the action was not intentional, expressing remorse for any unintended consequences.
The day following the incident, the NBA declared the suspension of Draymond Green. According to The Athletic, NBA Executive Vice President Joe Dumars, overseeing basketball operations, released a statement attributing the league’s decision to Green’s recurring history of unsportsmanlike conduct. This pattern of behavior played a significant role in the disciplinary action taken against him.
The suspension imposed on Draymond Green is indefinite, with the NBA stipulating that he must fulfill specific conditions set by both the league and his team before being reinstated to play. Anticipated to be sidelined for a minimum of three weeks, the four-time champion faces this second suspension of the season. The previous incident leading to disciplinary action involved Green putting Ruby Gobert, a center for the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a chokehold.
Reports indicate that Draymond Green has already commenced counseling. However, the specifics of the counseling, including its nature or type, have not been disclosed by the league.
In 2022, Draymond Green was involved in a disturbing incident during practice where he physically assaulted his teammate, Jordan Poole. The widely circulated video captured a heated exchange of words between the two players, culminating in Green approaching Poole aggressively. In response to a shove from Poole, Green proceeded to punch his teammate in the face, causing him to fall to the ground. Subsequently, Green faced a fine for his actions.