Draymond Green has been suspended indefinitely by the NBA after hitting Phoenix Suns’ Jusuf Nurkic against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday night.
The indefinite suspension “takes into account Green’s repeated unsportsmanlike conduct,” according to an NBA statement.
He will have to meet “certain league and team conditions” before returning to the game, the NBA determines.
Green, Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy Jr. and Green’s agent, Rich Paul, are expected to meet Thursday to begin discussing an advice and assistance path forward for Green, sources told Adrian Wojnarowski.espn. The league did not want to set a specific number for the suspension to allow Green to take the time he may need to deal with the challenges he faces.
Green will have to pay $153,941 per game if his suspension is less than 20 games, and $202,922 per game if it is more than 20 games.
Green apologized after the game, saying he did not try to hit Nurkic but was “selling foul because he was grabbing me and pulling my hip back.” So I walked away and unfortunately I hit him.”
Nurkic gave his own version of the event after the game.
“What’s going on with him?” “, he asked reporters. “I don’t know. Personally, I feel like this brother needs help. I’m glad he didn’t try to strangle me. At the same time, it has nothing to do with basketball. I’m just trying to play basketball. I hope everything that happens in his life will be successful. »
Phoenix Suns coach Frank Vogel described the move as “reckless and dangerous.”
Green has been ejected three times this season. The first time was on November 11, after receiving two technical fouls against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The second ejection came three days later, when he choked Rudy Gobert from behind while dragging him away from the fight during a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.
This event resulted in a five-game suspension, with the NBA citing his history of infractions to justify the length of the punishment.
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