Draymond Green says Jordan Poole punch footage was released to portray him negatively

It’s been three months for the reason that video footage of Golden State Warriors veteran Draymond Green punching teammate Jordan Poole started to flow into and it is nonetheless unclear what occasions led up to its launch.

Green would not have any plans of clearing issues up any time quickly, however sat down with Bleacher Report’s Taylor Rooks in an interview released on Friday the place he briefly spoke concerning the interplay and claimed that the leaked footage was a part of a conspiracy to negatively impression his picture.

“That video was put on the market like that to portray me the precise means it did,” Green stated.

“You really feel prefer it was a calculated factor for the video to come out?” Rooks adopted up with Draymond.

“100%,” he responded. “You’ve by no means seen one other video from our practices. … Who was it calculated by? I have no idea. I might nonetheless love to know the reply.”

Green added that his response to no matter occurred prior to the punch was improper. Sources instructed Yahoo Sports’ Vince Goodwill that tensions between Green and Poole over their contract extensions had been boiling since coaching camp started.

Green stated that his focus proper now’s on the workforce’s efficiency, because the Warriors sit underneath .500 and eighth place within the Western Conference.

“I care extra about figuring this workforce out and making an attempt to win,” Green stated. He added that “there’s all the time a time” to inform his elusive facet of occasions.

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Green has been considerably vocal about his altercation with Poole, however within the least illuminating means doable.

Four days after the video was released in October, Warriors head coach Steve Kerr introduced that Green had been fined however not suspended. Green instructed reporters that he apologized to Poole, his household and the Warriors for “the embarrassment” attributable to the altercation.

In a self-produced documentary, “The Countdown,” that was released on TNT shortly after the incident, Green stated that he would not “care about individuals’s opinions” or learn social media reactions from followers.

In his dialogue with Rooks, Green talked about that he watched the video repeatedly till he seen himself negatively. He stated he was “going by hell, coping with the court docket of opinion,” however then added that he would not care what individuals suppose although he understands that it issues.

Basically, it looks like Green has a tough time accepting how deeply his public persona has change into intertwined with the villain function he is loved portraying at instances throughout his profession.

“Being a villain is not enjoyable,” he mirrored. He prolonged a chunk of recommendation to Atlanta Hawks star Trae Young, who he feels unnecessarily tries to be an NBA unhealthy man. “For a man like Trae, nah man go the alternative means,” he stated.

Possibly essentially the most constructive tidbit Green supplied is that he and Poole have a practical working relationship.

“We go to work on daily basis collectively,” he stated. “Our lockers are proper subsequent to one another, that by no means modified. We journey the identical buses collectively, we modify in the identical locker room on the street collectively — none of that has modified.”

The Warriors and Poole finalized a $140 million extension per week after the incident. He stated he was prepared to transfer on in October.

“Did it change our relationship? Of course. Absolutely,” Green stated. “That’s nonetheless a piece in progress. I’ll all the time be keen to proceed to do this work as a result of I was improper.”

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors is wanting to transfer ahead after punching his teammate, Jordan Poole (Photo by David Berding/Getty Images).

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