It was revealed this week that Warriors veteran Draymond Green “beat” teammate Jordan Poole in practice. New video from TMZ shows a violent blow.
SAN FRANCISCO — Social media was set on fire on Friday morning when TMZ Sports released exclusive leaked footage earlier this week from a Golden State Warriors practice where veteran forward Draymond Green punched teammate Jordan Poole.
Reports surfaced earlier in the week that Green had “beaten” Poole in practice, but Warriors GM Bob Myers said in a news conference Thursday that Green had apologized and that a regular-season suspension was not expected for Green.
That could change after video released by TMZ Sports showed a more violent slap in the face than people on social media seemed to be expecting.
Athletes from multiple sports, including Hawks star point guard Trae Young, Grizzlies guard Ja Morant, Knicks forward Evan Fournier, Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson and golfer Max Homa were among the many who took to Twitter Friday morning to respond to the video.
“Things like that happen. Nobody likes it, we don’t condone it, but it happens,” Warrior GM Bob Myers said Thursday. “Draymond has apologized to the team. Jordan was there in the room… As far as suspensions, punishments or fines are concerned, we will handle that internally.”
Yahoo Sports’ Chris Haynes reported On Thursday, league sources told him: “There was a build-up that stemmed from teammates noticing a change in Poole’s demeanor throughout camp while the guard was on the verge of securing a lucrative overtime.”
Poole had a breakthrough last season averaging nearly 19 points per game for the NBA champions and earned a spot on the starting lineup.
Myers said Thursday’s upcoming contract hearings for Green and Poole played no part in the altercation and he hadn’t observed any change in behavior from either player leading up to the incident.
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry also refuted reports that Poole’s attitude had anything to do with the altercation.
“There was a report that Jordan had an attitude at camp and that couldn’t be further from the truth,” Kerr said. “He was fantastic.”
“[Poole] was great and there was nothing to justify the situation yesterday,” Curry said. “I want to make that clear.”
On Thursday’s Locked On Warriors podcast, Hall of Famer Rick Barry joined the show to discuss the reported altercation.
Locked On Warriors Podcast: Details on Draymond Green and Jordan Poole’s altercation with Hall of Famer Rick Barry & Kylen Mills
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