Why did Draymond Green punch Jordan Poole?

Last Modified Oct 24, 2023 19:08 GMT
Draymond Green and Jordan Poole
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Draymond Green’s infamous punch on Jordan Poole has been one of the biggest stories of the 2022-23 NBA season. The 6 ‘6 forward landed a punch on Warriors guard Jordan Poole in training camp that possibly changed the trajectory of the entire season. While the Warriors tried to downplay the situation by handling it internally, once the video of the punch got leaked out, things got out of hand and the Warriors had to suspend Draymond Green. So the question needs to be asked as to why Draymond Green punched Jordan Poole in the first place.

While the punch was something that was displayed out in public for scrutiny, there have been multiple reports claiming that the altercation between Green and Poole was something that had been building up for a while. In his podcast, “The Draymond Green Show”, Draymond Green mentioned that he liked seeing Steph Curry and Klay Thompson “humble” Jordan Poole in a 3-point contest. Things got out of hand quickly as Yahoo! Sports’ Chris Haynes reported that teammates noticed a change in Poole’s behavior with a big contract extension around the corner for him. As tensions ramped up and a few words were spoken that were not kind, things got physical real quick as Green punched Poole in the jaw.

Luckily Poole was not injured by the punch and played all 82 games for the Warriors in the 2022-23 NBA season


How much was Draymond Green fined for the punch?

In the aftermath of the punch, the Warriors' management decided to take matters into their own hands by fining Green $1 million and asking him to a hiatus from the team to allow the wound to heal. Green, however, returned to the team in one week and started the 2022-23 NBA season.



FAQs

A. While Draymond acknowledges that he and Poole will never be close friends, he is trying to mend his relationship with him.

A. Jordan Poole is currently 24 years old

A. No, after Green threw a punch at Poole, Poole did not retaliate.

A. Yes, Green signed a 4-year, 100 million-dollar contract to stay with the Warriors.

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