NBA player Draymond Green apologized publicly and announced he is leaving his team indefinitely after an altercation on Wednesday between him and teammate Jordan Poole. “I’m going to continue to stay away, as I’ve been away, and continue to do work on myself, but also just give guys space,” the Golden State Warriors forward said during a news conference on Oct. 8. “I do want to give my team some space, I want to give Jordan some space, and then also take a few days and continue to work on myself … take some time to let everything breathe.”
Green made an apology to Poole on Thursday, before the team left the facilities. Green offered a teamwide apology and also apologized to Poole’s family. He also apologized to Poole individually. ESPN. Green claimed that he was unsure how Poole received his regrets. “Jordan’s feelings are the most important, and to be honest, I’m not sure how he feels,”Green said. “That’s not a bridge we have crossed yet, nor should it be a bridge we’ve crossed yet. The most important thing initially is to allow Jordan to work through his thoughts and not me try to persuade his thoughts one way or another.”
These are the following The incident video that was releasedGreen and the Warriors agreed that Green should be on a leave from the team. According to sources, the Warriors are also investigating the source of the leak. “I watched the video 15 times, maybe more, because when I watched the video, I’m like, yo, this looks awful,”Green said. “This looks even worse than I thought it was. It’s pathetic.”
The video does not show any evidence of what led to Green punching Poole. Green declined to give details, saying that he did not want to use the video to show what had happened before it. “sympathy tactics”Information that could change opinions of others should not be disclosed. He stated that the incident was not due to Poole and his impending and ongoing contract negotiations. According to ESPN, Bob Myers (Warriors general manager) stated that he believed the altercation was just normal in-practice trash-talking, and that no contract issues were the cause. “That day that took place I was in a very, very bad space mentally,”Green said. “As a leader of this team, I needed to have a better feel for myself and just know and understand where my wick’s end was and what could possibly push me the wrong way. Frankly, I didn’t handle that well and I failed as a leader. I failed as a man, and I failed as a leader.”
Green stated that he was not available to the team and said he will work on himself. However, he did not give any details about what those steps would look like. “I like to keep my emotions to myself, but what I do want to change and what I do want to work on is how they end up coming out and how do you let them out without them coming out in a way you ultimately regret,”Green said. “And this is one I sincerely regret. There are not many things in life I regret. I failed as a man, and I failed as a leader.”
Poole and Green share a deep friendship. Green stated that he first saw Poole’s trash talk at his first training camp. “My love is there, and my love ain’t going nowhere. I will continue to support him and lead him,”Green stated. “Leading comes with a responsibility that I dropped the ball on. You have to rebuild the trust in that.”ESPN reports that Green’s absence has not been confirmed by the team. Myers said that he doesn’t expect Green to miss any games and Green will be available for the Oct. 18 match against the Los Angeles Lakers.