Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has apologized for punching his teammate, Jordan Poole, at practice on Wednesday, said team general manager Bob Myers.
While Golden State is expected to hand down discipline to Green, he is not expected to miss any games over the punch.
“These things happen. Nobody likes it, we don’t condone it, but it happens,” Myers said, according to ESPN. “Draymond apologized to the team. Jordan was there in the room. … As far as any suspension, punishment, fine, we will handle that internally.”
The altercation reportedly began with the two players trash-talking before Green got in Poole’s face, resulting in Green punching Poole.
“He will tell you he has been over that line but he always comes back,” Myers said. “Nobody is saying they don’t want him around … but [Wednesday] was not a good moment. … I don’t think he likes putting himself in these spots. He is in one, but I think he’ll find a way to earn the respect of his teammates and Jordan back.”
Video of the altercation, obtained by TMZ Sports, shows Green throwing the punch.
There were reports that Poole’s attitude during training camp led to the altercation, a report that head coach Steve Kerr shot down.
“There was a report that Jordan had an attitude in camp, and that could not be further from the truth,” Kerr said. “He’s been fantastic.”
Green is the unquestioned leader of the Warriors, winning four championships in his 10 seasons in Golden State, including the 2022 NBA Championship.
Poole had a career year during the 2021-2022 season, averaging a career-high 18.5 points per game on 44.8% shooting from the three-point line.
Golden State opens the 2022-2023 season on October 18 against the Los Angeles Lakers.