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Draymond Green walks away from Warriors after punching Jordan Poole

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To Melissa Rollin
FOX Sports NBA Writer

Draymond Green was horrified by the video, too.

saw how bad he was that bad he Looked. At that moment he lost his senses. But after TMZ obtained video of the incident, he saw his actions in the harsh light of reality without being distorted by anger. To, it was appalling.

“I failed as a leader,” Green said. “I failed as a man.”

Green has watched the video at least 15 times.He was upset that Poole’s family had to see it.He imagined how his mother would feel seeing it. he Be beaten. His wife is now told it’s only a matter of time before she becomes the victim of Green’s violence. He has apologized to Poole’s family and his own.

Greene spoke for nearly 40 minutes at the Chase Center on Saturday, addressing the case for the first time. He said he plans to take a few days away from the Warriors to let everyone heal.

“I’m a very flawed human being,” Green said.

[The Warriors are once again grappling with the duality of Draymond]

Green made no excuses. He said Wednesday he was in a “very bad space mentally” due to issues in his personal life. How to recognize when he’s using the hairpin his trigger. How to avoid doing something like this again.

When asked what set him off, he declined to tell his story. He said it would be a “compassion tactic.”

“I’m not looking for sympathy,” Green said. “…if anyone deserves sympathy, it’s Jordan and this team.”

He plans to use his time away from the team to think. He knows his actions severed his credibility with Poole, whom he claims to have patronized when the Warriors selected him 28th overall in the 2019 draft. .

“Those who hurt people hurt people,” Green said. “I was in a very controversial place that morning dealing with something very close and dear to me. I hurt someone because I was in a hurtful place. I apologized, and you apologize in words, but in the end, your actions show your apology.”

Green has always struggled to control his emotions.

He said he internalizes things. he is more comfortable that way. He feels safer when people don’t know what he’s feeling. But things inevitably bubble and explode. He knows he has to make a change.

“One of the things I lack is a way to express my emotions,” said Greene, who was raised below the poverty line by a single mother for much of her childhood in Saginaw, Michigan. She said, “…the way I was raised, the way I dealt with the things I had to deal with, you learn to internalize a lot.”

Green said he plans to reflect deeply. It’s unclear how long he will be out of the team. He said he would like to play in the season opener against the Los Angeles Lakers on Oct. 18, but nothing has been decided.

When Green apologized to Poole and the Warriors on Thursday, he said he “didn’t get much” from Poole and didn’t expect much. increase. Green imagined how uncomfortable he would be when the Warriors received championship rings with both his family and Poole’s family.

“There’s this dark cloud in the room,” Green said. “And I caused it.”

When Green returns to the team he hopes to regain everyone’s trust. He clarifies that his dispute with Poole has nothing to do with them seeking a contract extension. and dismissed it as “hating other people’s circumstances” and “something you wouldn’t do”.

In fact, when Greene was asked how he felt about the pool, he said there was nothing but love there – on his part, at least. pointed out that there is a reason for

“I’m the guy who supported Jordan when he was sent to the G League and no one thought he had a chance.” It’s a match.’

Green said he still doesn’t know how Poole feels about the situation. He knows it’s up to Poole to decide whether or not to forgive him.

When Warriors coach Steve Kerr was asked Saturday whether the team’s faith in Green had been eroded, he said, “No comment.” When asked how Green’s apology was received, he replied, “It’s nobody’s business but us.”

The car has been clipped. But he did make one thing clear: he was deeply upset that the video of Green’s punching was leaked (a source told FOX Sports on Friday that the team believed the video was He said they are investigating how it leaked.) Now the whole team is being dragged through the mud.

Draymond punching video surfaced via TMZ

Chris Broussard, Nick Wright and Kevin Wildes react to the shocking footage.

Kerr said the Warriors have had problems with leaks, noting Andrew Wiggins’ reluctance to get the COVID vaccine last season also became evident. Kerr added that in his 32 years of practice in the league he has witnessed more than 20 fistfights and that the video has never been released.

“If your family has a camera and you have a family argument, do you really want to discuss it with the world?” Kerr asked. “No, of course not. You want to handle it internally.”

As for the Warriors, neither Kerr nor Green think this will affect their chances of fighting for the title this season. The core of the team of Green, Stephen Curry, and Klay Thompson has seen a lot of drama, a lot of hurt and a lot of setbacks, but they have persevered to become this generational dynasty, and have done so six times in the last eight years. reached the NBA Finals and won the championship. 4 championships.

“This doesn’t affect winning,” Green said. “Winners win. Winners find a way. And we win.”

But Green knows it’s his responsibility to help the Warriors overcome this. He needs to figure out how to reintegrate with the team. He has to prove himself to those around him.

he’s trying to take responsibility He said he chose not to address the situation on the podcast, so he would not hide behind a computer screen. was

Green knows the road back will be bumpy, but he will do everything in his power to turn things around.

“This is something I deeply regret,” he said.

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Melissa Rohlin is an NBA writer for FOX Sports. She has previously covered the league for Sports Illustrated, Los Angeles Times, Bay Area News Group and San Antonio Express-News. Follow her on her Twitter @.melissa rollin.

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