Draymond Green Said He Felt "Pathetic" After Punching Jordan Poole During A Team Practice, And Is Stepping Away From The Team Indefinitely

    He said, "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."

    Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors is taking an indefinite leave of absence from the team following an altercation with teammate Jordan Poole.

    Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrates a three pointer against the Boston Celtics

    In a leaked video, Draymond shoves then punches Jordan before other teammates intervened in a closed practice.

    Draymond Green #23 talks to Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors during Game One of the 2022 NBA Finals

    After the incident, Draymond said he felt "pathetic" and was in "a very, very bad space mentally." He apologized to Jordan and the team before leaving practice and heading home.

    Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors dribbles the ball

    Draymond said, "Jordan's feelings are the most important, and to be honest, I'm not sure how he feels. That's not a bridge we have crossed yet, nor should it be a bridge we've crossed yet."

    Jordan Poole #3 of the Golden State Warriors handles the ball

    Investigations are underway to find out who leaked the video, but sources initially said that Draymond wouldn't miss any games because of the fight.

    Jordan Poole #3 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors react after Poole made a three-point basket against the Charlotte Hornets

    However, in a news conference over the weekend, he stated that he would be leaving the team indefinitely.

    Draymond Green during a news conference

    He said, "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."

    Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on after Game Six of the 2022 NBA Finals

    The fight comes as a surprise as Draymond previously had a close relationship with Jordan. But following their fight, he said, "My love is there, and my love ain't going nowhere. I will continue to support him and lead him."

    Draymond Green #23 and Jordan Poole are interviewed by NBA TV Analysts, Grant Hill, Kristen Ledlow, Steve Smith and Isiah Thomas

    "Leading comes with a responsibility that I dropped the ball on. You have to rebuild the trust in that."

    Jordan Poole #3 and Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors celebrate against the Boston Celtics

    Draymond didn't say how long his absence would be, but the Warriors' general manager, Bob Myers, said that any punishment, fine, or suspension will be discussed internally.

    Bob Myers and Draymond Green holding the Golden State Warriors' 2017 and 2015 Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophies

    You can watch Draymond's full statement here.

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