– Draymond Green was suspended for five games after holding Rudy Gobert in a chokehold during an altercation
– Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels were fined for their roles in the incident, but will not be suspended
– Rudy Gobert described Draymond as having “clown behavior” and credited himself for not escalating the situation further
Draymond Green has been suspended for five games after his altercation with the Timberwolves, per @wojespn
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport)
The NBA has announced their punishment following the altercation between Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels, resulting in a wider brawl between the Warriors and Timberwolves players. While Thompson and McDaniels will only receive fines for starting the fight, Draymond Green has been handed a five-game suspension for holding Rudy Gobert in a chokehold. According to the official announcement, the suspension was due to Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts, escalating the on-court altercation, and forcibly grabbing Gobert around the neck in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner.
The players involved in the incident have also been fined, with Thompson and McDaniels each receiving a $25,000 fine for their roles in the fight, which started when they became entangled and were grabbing and pulling at each other’s jerseys. Green’s suspension will begin on Thursday, November 16, when the Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder. Despite the punishment, Warriors coach Steve Kerr defended his players, stating that Klay Thompson should not have been thrown out of the game for his involvement.
After the game, Gobert spoke out against Green’s behavior and described it as “clown behavior.” He expressed pride in being able to keep his cool and not escalate the situation further. This altercation is not the first time tensions have risen between Green and Gobert, as they have exchanged insults through social media for many years. Given their history, this latest incident has highlighted the ongoing animosity between the two players.