Warriors’ Draymond Green Receives 5-Game Suspension for Rudy Gobert Incident

Draymond Green with the Warriors in 2017
Draymond Green with the Warriors in 2017. Photo by Robert John Herbert/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (7946500ac)

The NBA has had it enough with Draymond Green and his problematic behavior on the court. The league announced that the Golden State Warriors star was handed a five-game suspension for his altercation with Rudy Gobert during a 104-101 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday. 

The incident took place in the first quarter of Tuesday’s game. Warriors’ Kyle Thompson and Wolves’ Jaden McDaniels got in a scuffle, and Gobert approached alongside several other players with the intention of separating the two. At that point, Green approached Gobert from the back and placed him in a headlock, refusing to let go.

Thompson and McDaniels received two technical fouls and were ejected. Green was also tossed out of the game, being assessed a Flagrant 2 foul.

During his five-game suspension, Green will not get paid, causing him to miss out on $769,970 in salary. Thompson, McDaniels, and Gobert were fined $25,000.

The most recent suspension will be Green’s fifth since he entered the league. He famously got suspended for Game 5 of the 2016 NBA Finals for hitting LeBron James in the groin. Green’s most recent suspension came during the first-round series against the Sacramento Kings in the 2023 NBA Playoffs, when he was suspended for one game after stepping on the chest of Domantas Sabonis.

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