Draymond Green: Steve Kerr Criticizes Warriors Veteran After NBA Suspension

Draymond Green: Steve Kerr Criticizes Warriors Veteran After NBA Suspension

Edwin Kiplagat
November 17, 2023 at 1:07 PM
  • History shows that Draymond Green is not afraid to cross the line in the NBA
  • The Warriors veteran put Timberwolves' Rudy Gobert in a headlock recently
  • He was fined and suspended for five games and coach Steve Kerr is not happy

From stepping on an opponent's chest to punching a teammate and even choking an opposition player, Draymond Green has a reputation for crossing the line in the NBA.

His latest incident saw the Golden State Warriors veteran put Minnesota Timberwolves centre, Rudy Gobert in a chokehold.

He was promptly ejected and later suspended for five games by the NBA with Warriors coach, Steve Kerr reacting to the suspension, slamming Green's actions.

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Draymond Green punched his teammate Jordan Poole last year. Photo by Dustin Bradford.
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The incident happened just 1:43 into the Warriors vs Timberwolves matchup. It started when Warriors guard, Klay Thompson got into a tussle with Timberwolves forward, Jaden McDaniels.

Gobert tried to break up the scuffle before Green quickly grabbed the big man by the neck before it spiralled into a mass scuffle on the court.

The NBA suspended Green for five games and will lose $769,704 during the suspension. Thompson, McDaniels, and Gobert were also fined $25,000 for their involvement in the altercation.

The four-time NBA champion has now been ejected 19 times and suspended for nine games. According to the Athletic, he has lost a total of $2,231,780 in fines.

Steve Kerr on Green's actions

Speaking before Warriors 128-109 defeat to the Oklahoma City Thunder, Kerr expressed his dissatisfaction with Green's actions, saying the suspension was deserved.

"Draymond was wrong. He knows that. It's a bad look. The five games is deserved, and we move forward," he said, via CBS Sports.

Kerr added that Green had crossed the line and needed to learn how to differentiate between being competitive and acts of violence:

"Draymond has to find a way to not cross the line," Kerr said. "I'm not talking about getting an ejection or getting a technical. I'm talking about a physical act of violence. That's inexcusable... But, he can't cross that line. And he crossed it the other night, for sure."

Green's suspension comes when the Warriors are enduring their worst run this season. They have lost their last five games in a row and with Stephen Curry sidelined, things could get worse before they get better.

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Green's most controversial NBA moments

Sports Brief earlier reported on Green's most controversial moments in the NBA following his chokehold on the Timberwolves' Gobert.

He received widespread backlash for stomping on the chest of Sacramento Kings big man, Domantas Sabonis in the playoffs last season.

In the 2016 NBA Finals, he hit LeBron James in the groin, fought with Bradley Beal in 2017, and punched teammate, Jordan Poole in 2022.

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Edwin Kiplagat
Edwin Kiplagat has five years of experience in journalism working as a Sports Editor at Africa Insight Communications and ESPN. Edwin Kiplagat is a Bachelor's Degree holder in journalism from the Multimedia University of Kenya.