Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been suspended for five games following an incident during their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. Green, along with teammate Klay Thompson, was ejected from the game after a scuffle involving Jaden McDaniels, Karl-Anthony Towns, and Rudy Gobert.
During the scuffle, Thompson and McDaniels started wrestling, prompting Gobert and other Timberwolves players to join. Green then intervened by choking Gobert from behind for about 10 seconds before being pulled away. The NBA has fined Thompson, McDaniels, and Gobert $25,000 each.
However, Green will face the harshest consequences, both in terms of games missed and money lost. As a result of the suspension, he will forfeit $769,704 in salary. The NBA justified the length of the suspension based on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct.
This decision was made by Joe Dumars, the NBA’s Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations, who is also a long-time mentor of Green’s. The Golden State Warriors will have to make do without Green’s presence on the court for the next five games.
Source : ESPN