Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has apologized after a fight with teammate Jordan Poole during practice this week, according to general manager Bob Myers.
Myers addressed the incident at a press conference on Thursday, following news of the altercation the day before. Athletic reported the fight first.
“Everyone is fine,” Myers told reporters, confirming that Green and Poole had a fight. He added that Poole, a shooting guard, attended a team practice on Thursday, but Green did not.
“Draymond apologized to the team this morning. Jordan was there in the room, we were – I was there in the room, the team, the coaches, the players,” he continued. The chief executive also said any sanctions or suspensions would be handled “internally”.
But if the Warriors organization hoped the frenzy surrounding the incident would quietly die down after the press conference, that wish was likely shattered on Friday after TMZ released leaked video of the fight.
In the footage, which has no audio, Green approaches Poole, who appears to push the attacker away from him before Green is seen throwing a punch. The clip quickly made the rounds on Twitter, with many users weighing in on the fight.
“He’s going to have to see me every time after that punch. Damn. It’s not that ! Isaiah Thomas, who recently played for the Charlotte Hornets, tweeted Friday. “And whoever leaked this should also be fired.”
thomas later wrote“All I’m saying is don’t respond with a PUNCH if it’s someone you really rock with!!! Especially after a PUSH.
“But I’m not in training and I didn’t hear what was being said, so I’m leaving that out, but DAMN.”
Asked about possible tensions within the team, Myers said on Thursday that he saw no “ongoing awkwardness”.
“I’ve been on teams where people fought. I’ve been in gyms where there have been fights,” he said. “Nobody likes it, but every team has gone over that. I’ve never seen it ruin a team.
Green has faced discipline from the Warriors and the NBA in the past.
In 2018, he received a one-game suspension after an infamous altercation with then-teammate Kevin Durant. The two were seen arguing on the bench during a game against the Los Angeles Clippers. The trade reportedly continued in the locker room, leading to the Warriors’ decision to suspend the veteran player.
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