Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Latest On-Court Altercation

Green was ejected from the team's game against the Phoenix Suns on Dec. 12 for striking center Jusuf Nurkic in the face.

The NBA has announced that Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green is suspended indefinitely following his involvement in another physical alteration on the court. 

Addressing Green’s latest incident in a brief news release on Wednesday (Dec. 13), the league office noted that the suspension weighed heavily on his “repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts” and “he will be required to meet certain league and team conditions before he returns to play.”

If his suspension is fewer than 20 games, Green will be docked $153,941 per game and he will lose $202,922 per game if the suspension is more than 20 games.

A few minutes to start the third quarter, Green was ejected from the game against Phoenix Suns on Tuesday night (Dec 12) for recklessly swinging his arm and striking center Jusuf Nurkic in the face, CBS News reported.

After being hit, Nurkic immediately fell to the ground and the referees ejected Green following a review. It was Green’s third ejection in just 23 games this season.

At the post-game press conference, Green attempted to state his case as he recalled the incident.

"[Nurkic] was pulling my hip, and I was swinging away to sell the call and made contact with him," Green said. "As you know, I'm not one to apologize for things I meant to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf. I didn't intend to hit him... A replay is never gonna look good, but I know my intentions, and my intentions were to sell the call. I also don't think I'm an accurate enough puncher to do a full 360 and connect with someone. It's unfortunate."

"Like I said, if I intended to do that, then I would feel awful about not being there," he continued. "But my intentions were just to sell the foul."

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Warriors head coach Steve Kerr expressed his frustration with another incident involving Green.

"We need him," Kerr said. "We need Draymond. But he knows that, we've talked to him. He's got to find a way to keep his poise and be out there for his teammates... if we're gonna be a really good team, we need him."

Previously, Green was tossed after picking up two technical fouls in the Warriors' loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Nov. 11 after pushing Donovan Mitchell. 

On Nov. 15, during a skirmish, Green put Rudy Gobert in a chokehold during the first quarter of the game as the Warriors would go on to lose to the  Minnesota Timberwolves. After his ejection, he was suspended by the league for five games. 

During the 2023 playoffs, Green was ejected and handed a one-game suspension after stomping on the chest of Sacramento’s Domantas Sabonis in Game 1.

In his post-game press conference, Nurkic mentioned Green choking Gobert when he spoke about the altercation sitting alongside Devin Booker.

"What's going on with him?" Nurkic remarked. "I don't know. Personally, I feel like that brother needs help. I'm glad he didn't try to choke me. At the same time, it ain't nothing to do with basketball."

Among active players, Green has the most ejections at 19 and he comes in second all-time behind Rasheed Wallace who has 25.

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