SAN FRANCISCO — Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green publicly apologized Saturday and announced that he would be away from the team for a few days following an altercation with teammate Jordan Poole.
“Number one, my actions were wrong,” Green said. He added that he had apologized to Poole and Poole’s family.
“What followed was a huge embarrassment [this]”Not only for myself, because I was the one who made this move … but the embarrassment Jordan had to deal with, this team had to deal with, this organization had to deal with.” And Jordan’s family. His family saw the video. His mother, his father saw that video. If my mom saw that video, I know how my mom would feel. “
Green initially apologized to Poole and the team before Thursday’s practice and immediately left the facility to go home. General manager Bob Myers said he doesn’t think Green will miss any games, and coach Steve Kerr said Green will be back with the team for Saturday’s practice. But leaked video of the incident between Green and Poole led Green to act differently.
Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne that the Warriors are planning to take “all possible legal action” to find the source of the leak. Golden State has also discussed steps with the league to determine how the video leaked, sources told ESPN.
Myers said the spat stemmed from normal practice trash talk that escalated and had nothing to do with Green and Poole’s upcoming contract talks.
Poole is eligible for a rookie extension and his representative is in talks with the Warriors. Both sides are using the Oct. 17 deadline as an impetus for a new deal.
Green has a player option waiting at the end of the season. If not, Green will become a restricted free agent in 2024. Green has publicly stated that he does not believe he and the Warriors will reach a deal this year.