Drummond Greene will be indefinitely away from defending champion Golden State Warriors – in what coach Steve Kerr called a “mutual decision” – after the star forward violently punched teammate Jordan Poole in the face on Wednesday.
Green was to rejoin the team for practice on Saturday. He said he hopes to play in Golden State’s season-opener on October 18, but is unsure of his position as well as how long he will be away.
“Yes, a mutual decision for them for a few days. No set numbers,” a Warriors team spokesperson confirmed to CBS News in a brief statement Saturday.
Poole was not injured in the fighting. Neither Green was a fierce veteran of Golden State’s four championships since 2015–16.
Greene did not elaborate on what led to the physical altercation, although he said he was already dealing with something harmful that day before the explosion and that it had nothing to do with either player’s unstable contract status. .
He said that he is giving space to Poole by apologizing to everyone on Thursday. Calling himself “a very flawed human being”, Green said he would use his leave of absence to work on ways to better deal with his emotions and help Poole and the Warriors recover from the incident and their Want to allow the focus to be on defending the title.
Green said he would take up the challenge of “correcting the ship”, which he said would not be an “easy process”.
“But I also look forward to continuing to improve myself and my emotional state and learn how to deal with my emotions,” he added. “I think the one thing I lack is how to get the feelings out.”
Kerr said there is “no set date” for Greene’s return and that it will be determined based on private discussions between everyone.
The video of the punch leaked to TMZ was published on Friday. Footage shows Green approaching the pool near the baseline and they are coming chest to chest. Poole used both hands to push Green away, then Green punched Pole in the face and sent the fourth-year guard into the wall behind the baseline.
“No. 1, I was wrong for my actions on Wednesday. I apologize to my team for that. I apologize to Jordan,” Green said during a nearly 40-minute news conference. “I wanted to take it a step further. With yesterday’s incident being video leaked, comes with a huge embarrassment, not only for me… to deal with and deal with this organization, but Jordan’s. From family too.
“Her family saw that video, her mother, her father saw that video. Frankly, if my mother saw that video, I know how my mother would feel.”
Kerr challenges the entire organization to get better with regards to the leak.
“I’ve been in this league for over 30 years, I’ve seen all kinds of crazy things,” Kerr said. “It’s actually almost easier to handle when things are placed internally, it’s so clean and smooth and you can move on. As soon as things leak, now all hell breaks loose and it It affects every single player… we are in a very difficult place to answer all these questions and it puts us in a very difficult place, everyone is in a very difficult place.”