The NBA has suspended Golden State’s Draymond Green for five games for grabbing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert by the neck in an “unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,” the league said Wednesday night.
Punished by the league for their role in the incident that occurred at the beginning of Tuesday’s game between the Timberwolves and Warriors, Gobert, his Minnesota teammate Jaden McDaniels and Golden State guard Klay Thompson were all fined $25,000 by the league. .
But Green will pay the biggest price, both in terms of games missed and money lost. The suspension will result in his $769,704 salary being forfeited.
“The length of the suspension is based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike conduct,” the NBA said in the release announcing the punishment. Those sanctions were handed down by Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president and head of basketball operations — and Green’s longtime mentor.
The incident began when Thompson and McDaniels “tangled and were grabbing and pulling each other’s jerseys,” the NBA said, and it got further out of control when Gobert joined in and kicked Thompson around. And put up my arms.
Green got involved shortly thereafter and wrapped his arm around Gobert’s neck.
Thompson and McDaniels were each assessed a technical foul and ejected, while Green was assessed a flagrant foul 2 for grabbing Gobert. That category of flagrant comes with an automatic ejection, which was Green’s second in Golden State’s last three games.
Gobert expressed his displeasure with his fine after Wednesday night’s game against the Suns.
“Every situation is different, but for me, that was more than just a reaction. That was a personal attack,” Gobert said. “I was fined when I was a peacemaker, and I decided to put my hands up when I was being attacked, it’s shameful. Shameful. And I’m going to appeal against it.”
Green missed home games against Oklahoma City on Thursday and Saturday, another home game against Houston on Monday, a road game with Phoenix on November 22 and then a home NBA In-Season Tournament game against San Antonio on November 24. Will find.
He will be eligible to return on Nov. 28 in Sacramento. The Warriors — who will be without star guard Stephen Curry for at least Thursday’s game because of a knee problem — have lost four straight games and are 6-6 through 12 games this season, going just 1-4 at home. .