Draymond Green: Warriors Star Suspended 5 Games For Putting Rudy Gobert in Chokehold

Draymond Green: Warriors Star Suspended 5 Games For Putting Rudy Gobert in Chokehold

Joel Reyes
November 16, 2023 at 2:16 AM
  • The NBA handed Draymond Green a five-game suspension on Wednesday night
  • Green was suspended by the league after he placed Rudy Gobert in a chokehold
  • The incident occurred during the Warriors vs. Wolves game on Tuesday night

Draymond Green won't be playing anytime soon.

The NBA handed the Warriors forward a five-game suspension for his role in the scuffle during the Golden State vs. Minnesota game on Tuesday.

He placed Rudy Gobert in a chokehold during the opening minutes of the game between the Warriors and the Timberwolves.

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Draymond Green and Klay Thompson complain to the referee after getting into an altercation with Minnesota players on Tuesday. Image: Ezra Shaw.
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NBA explains decision to suspend Green

The league announced its ruling on Wednesday night, saying that Green has been suspended five games without pay for escalating an on-court altercation and forcibly grabbing Gobert around the neck in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner.

Green's teammate Klay Thompson as well as Minnesota players Jaden McDaniels and Gobert have each been fined $25,000 for their roles in Tuesday's incident.

ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski broke the news of Green's suspension, adding that he will miss the in-season tournament game against the San Antonio Spurs.

Green's finances will be hit because of the suspension, with the Golden State star set to lose $769,970 in salary

How did the fight start?

The fighting occurred before a single point was scored in the Warriors vs. Wolves clash.

Thompson and McDaniels tugged each other's jerseys as they went down the court, prompting Minnesota big man Gobert to step in and separate them.

Green noticed Gobert holding Thompson. He immediately rushed to his teammate's defense, grabbing the Frenchman from behind and wrapping his arm around his neck for a few seconds.

Warriors missing key stars for OKC clash

Green's suspension is a huge blow for the Warriors, who are already missing the services of Stephen Curry due to a knee issue.

Curry has been ruled out of Golden State's next game against the Oklahoma City Thunder after he took a hard fall in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.

Curry makes history vs. Cavs

Sports Brief recently reported on Curry making history against the Cavs.

He became the 36th player to score at least 22,000 points.

Curry scored 30 points in the 118-110 loss to Cleveland.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.