Warriors’ Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Flagrant Foul on Jusuf Nurkic_2






NBA suspends Draymond Green indefinitely for striking Suns’ Jusuf Nurkic in the face. The NBA has suspended Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green indefinitely “for striking Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkić in the face,” league executive vice president/head of basketball operations Joe Dumars announced Wednesday

The league stated, “This decision takes into account Green’s repeated history of unsportsmanlike behavior. He will have to meet certain league and team requirements before returning to play.”




Green’s suspension starts immediately. This is Green’s sixth suspension, with four coming in the last nine months.

This suspension comes only six games after Green received a five-game suspension for “escalating an on-court altercation and forcibly grabbing Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Gobert around the neck” during a game on November 14.

Green was ejected on Tuesday after throwing a wild swing that hit Nurkic in the head.

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Referees reviewed the play and called Green for a Flagrant Foul 2, resulting in an automatic ejection.

Warriors' Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Flagrant Foul on Jusuf Nurkic_
Warriors’ Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Flagrant Foul on Jusuf Nurkic_

The incident occurred with 8:23 left in the third quarter of Phoenix’s 119-116 victory Tuesday. Green had only two points, two rebounds, and two assists when he was ejected with the Warriors up 65-60.

The Warriors’ record has dropped to 10-13, placing them 11th in the Western Conference.

What led to the situation with Green and Nurkic?

Green and Nurkic were jostling for position, and Green said, “He was pulling my hip, and I was swinging away to sell the call. Made contact with him.”

Nurkic finished with 17 points, 13 rebounds, seven assists and one steal.

In its announcement, the league said Green will “be required to meet certain league and team conditions before he returns to play.” It’s unclear what that means specifically or how long Green will be out. The league took “into account Green’s repeated history of unsportsmanlike acts” when determining this suspension, it said.




Green, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, is expected to meet with Warriors general manager Mike Dunleavy and Green’s agent Thursday to start discussing a “path of counseling and help for Green to move forward.”

Draymond Green ejected after swinging at Jusuf Nurkić

In the third quarter of the Warriors’ 119-116 loss to the Suns on Tuesday night in Phoenix, Green started jostling with Nurkić for position on an inbounds play. Then suddenly, seemingly out of nowhere, Green spun around and swung. He hit Nurkić directly in his face with his right hand, which sent the 7-footer to the court.




Green was quickly assessed a foul, which was upgraded to a flagrant 2. As a result, he was ejected from the game.Nurkić said Green’s swing “had nothing to do with basketball.” Suns coach Frank Vogel slammed Green after the game, too, calling his move “a reckless, dangerous play.”

This latest incident came just weeks after Green returned from his previous five-game suspension, which he was hit with after he put Minnesota Timberwolves forward Rudy Gobert into a chokehold. Green, with that in-season tournament game last month still tied 0-0, flew in and put Gobert into a chokehold after Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels and Warriors guard Klay Thompson got into it, which sparked a larger altercation.

Green did not apologize for his actions after that game, and said he would always defend his teammates, but admitted there “is room for growth and I need to be better in those moments in different situations.”




Warriors' Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Flagrant Foul on Jusuf Nurkic
Warriors’ Draymond Green Suspended Indefinitely After Flagrant Foul on Jusuf Nurkic

Green was suspended for “escalating an on-court altercation” after the chokehold incident, which was decided in part due to Green’s “history of unsportsmanlike acts.” The NBA used the same rationale with this suspension.

This latest suspension is now Green’s sixth of his career. He was suspended last postseason after he stomped on the chest of Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis. Green now has 18 regular-season ejections in his career, which is the most among any active player in the league. He’s been ejected three times already this season or 20% of the games he’s played in.



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