Draymond Green punishment for Jordan Poole punch revealed as Warriors star avoids suspension
Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green has been fined, but not suspended after he brutally punched his team-mate Jordan Poole in the face.
Footage was leaked last week of Green and Poole getting into it during practice, with the veteran forward punching and knocking the 23-year-old guard to the floor.
After the video became public courtesy of TMZ, the Warriors launched an investigation to find out who leaked the video.
Green and coach Steve Kerr were not happy, with the former admitting it was bulls**t that this particular clip is the only thing to have ever been leaked from Warriors practice.
"To be 100% honest, I thought it was bulls**t," Green said on Saturday.
"No other videos leak from practice. When we're working on our sets they don't leak. When I'm coaching everyone up that doesn't leak. So I thought it was bulls-t that the video leaked."
Kerr added: "This is why it's so crucial to keep things in-house.
"I've been in this league for 30-plus years, I've seen all kinds of crazy stuff. When things are kept internally, it's really, almost easy, to handle them. It's just so much cleaner and smoother, and you can move forward."
It has since been announced that Green would be fined for his actions, but not suspended.
Kerr has confirmed that Green will return to practice on Thursday before playing for the defending champions against the Denver Nuggets on Friday night and then in next week's season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers.
Kerr has met with players, including Green and Poole, as well as general manager Bob Myers to discuss how to go forward.
"We feel like we have a great feel for our team. We've got a lot of continuity on this team, so Bob and I know our players extremely well," Kerr said.
"We feel like this is the best way after assessing everything for us to move forward. It's never easy no matter what decision you make in a situation like this. It's not going to be perfect. This is the biggest crisis that we've ever had since I've been coach here. It's really serious stuff."
Kerr added: "We have spent the last week in deep discussions with all of our key figures in the organization, including Jordan and Draymond of course, Steph, all of our players, Bob, myself, and I can tell you there have been a lot of conversations, individual, one-on-one discussions, players-only discussions.
"Everything that you can think of, all the different combinations that are possible to have in a conversation, we've had them. It's been an exhaustive process.
"Any criticism that we face here is fair," Kerr added, while noting that "everything was on the table" regarding punishment.
"He broke our trust with this incident but I'm giving him the benefit of the doubt because I think he's earned that, and I think our team feels the same way."