Draymond Green, Klay Thompson, and Jaden McDaniels were all ejected just two minutes into Tuesday night’s Warriors-Timberwolves game
Warriors forward Draymond Green has been hit with a five-game suspension for his part in a brawl between his squad and the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday night. His punishment mostly centers around him putting the T-Wolves’ Rudy Gobert in what was described by spectators as ‘a chokehold’.
During the first quarter, Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels started tussling at half-court when a group skirmish started taking place. That’s when Green stepped in to take matters – and Gobert’s neck – into his own hands. He locked down the 7’1″ Gobert in a headlock, prompting his ejection and (eventual) suspension.
Draymond Green is widely known as the ‘enforcer’ of the Golden State Warriors – a team that’s built around skill, finesse players like Klay Thompson and former MVP Steph Curry. So, he’s been known to mix it up with opponents in the past, and NBA commissioner Adam Silver weighed that in making his decision.
The NBA suspended Green for five games for grabbing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert around the neck “in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,” the league said in a statement on Wednesday.
“The length of the suspension is based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts,” the NBA league office said.
Thompson, Gobert, and McDaniels were each fined $25,000 by the league.
Draymond Green will not appeal the suspension, as he is slated to begin serving it when the Warriors take the court tonight at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Golden State’s five-game punishment will cost him $769,704 in forfeited salary.
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