NBA: Warriors’ Draymond Green suspended five games for grabbing Rudy Gobert

Golden State’s Draymond Green has been suspended for five games by the NBA for grabbing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert around the neck “in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,” the league announced on Wednesday night.

The league also fined Gobert, his Minnesota teammate Jaden McDaniels, and Golden State guard Klay Thompson $25,000 for their roles in the incident, which occurred early in Tuesday’s game between the Timberwolves and Warriors.

Green, on the other hand, will pay the highest price in terms of both games missed and money lost. The punishment will cost him $769,704 in lost wages.

“The length of the suspension is based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts,” the NBA stated in a statement announcing the punishment.

Joe Dumars, the NBA’s Executive Vice President and Head of Basketball Operations — and Green’s longtime mentor — imposed the sanctions.

The altercation began when Thompson and McDaniels “became entangled and were grabbing and pulling at one another’s jerseys,” according to the NBA, and escalated when Gobert got involved and wrapped his arms around Thompson.

Green quickly joined in, throwing his arm around Gobert’s neck.

Thompson and McDaniels were both removed for technical fouls, while Green was called for a Flagrant Foul 2 for grabbing Gobert.

This was Green’s second ejection in Golden State’s past three games in the category of egregious.

After Wednesday night’s game against the Suns, Gobert expressed his anger with his fine.

“Every situation is different, but that was more than a reaction to me.” Gobert called it a “personal attack.”

“It’s shameful that I was fined for being a peacemaker and choosing to keep my hands up while being assaulted.” Shameful. And I want to challenge the fine.”

Green will miss home games against Oklahoma City on Thursday and Saturday, as well as another home game against Houston on Monday, a road game against Phoenix on November 22, and a home NBA In-Season Tournament game against San Antonio on November 24.

He is eligible to return on November 28 in Sacramento. The Warriors have lost four straight games and are 6-6 through 12 games this season, going 1-4 at home.

They will be without star player Stephen Curry for at least Thursday’s game due to a knee injury.

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