Draymond Green Unrepentant for Choking Rudy Gobert, Calls Punishment Unfair

‣ Draymond Green, a player for the Golden State Warriors, was suspended for five games after putting rival Rudy Gobert in a chokehold during a game on November 14. He did not express regret or offer an apology for his actions.
‣ Green feels that the league’s decision to suspend him was unfair and that they are holding his past actions against him. He stated that he needs to adjust his behavior according to what his teammates, coaches, and the front office deem appropriate.
‣ Despite criticism from his coach, teammates, fans, and analysts, Green maintains that he will always defend his teammates. He did acknowledge that there might be a better way to handle such situations in the future.


Draymond Green seems to land in hot water at least once every season. This time, he’s already faced a five-game suspension for putting rival Rudy Gobert in a chokehold on November 14. Now that he’s eligible to return, he’s finally spoken to the press about the incident.

Green, the Golden State forward, doesn’t regret his actions against the Minnesota player. He didn’t offer an apology when speaking to the media. He thinks the league’s announcement of his punishment, which cited his “history of unsportsmanlike acts,” was unfair.

“I paid for those [incidents],” Draymond said. He mentioned his suspension from Game 5 of the 2016 Finals. “You can’t keep suspending me for those actions.”

He feels the league is holding his past against him. “That’s OK,” he added. “I need to adjust where I see fit. Where my teammates see fit, where my coaches see fit, front office sees fit.”

The four-time champion prides himself on being a good teammate. He used this as a justification for his actions on November 14. “Anytime there is a situation and a teammate needs you to come to his defense, I’m going to come to their defense,” he said.

Green emphasized his loyalty to his teammates. “I am always going to be there for my teammates,” he continued. “That’s who I am. That’s who I am as a teammate, that’s who I am as a friend.”

He did admit he could’ve reacted better. “The consensus amongst all of us is that I’m going to be me no matter what. That’s not going to change,” Draymond revealed. “But in saying that, there’s always a better way that something can be done.”

Everyone around Green has criticized his actions against the Timberwolves big man, except for him. His coach, teammates, fans, and analysts have all criticized the Warriors star for holding Gobert in a headlock for over 10 seconds. Even Saturday Night Live made a skit mocking the player’s lack of accountability.

However, it seems Draymond still isn’t seeing the big picture. “Draymond has to find a way to not cross the line,” Steve Kerr acknowledged. “I’m not talking about getting an ejection or getting a technical. I’m talking about a physical act of violence. That’s inexcusable.”

Despite his coach’s criticism, Kerr did understand why Green wanted to pull off the French center away from Klay Thompson. “I didn’t have a problem with [Green] getting Rudy off of Klay, because the rule of thumb is you don’t put your hands on a player on the other team,” he explained. “You get your own guy. So I thought Rudy was wrong for putting his arms on Klay, regardless of his intentions. So I had no problem with Draymond getting him off of him.”

James Shotwell
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