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Draymond Green just pulled a “Daniel Penny,” according to Jason Whitlock.
The NBA star was suspended for five games after putting the Timberwolves' Rudy Gobert in a choke hold in an attempt to defend Klay Thompson.
“Does that make Gobert the guy that was doing the Michael Jackson impersonation from eight years ago?” Steve Kim jokes to Whitlock.
The brawl was so unnecessary that Kim suspects Green wanted to be suspended.
“We’ve all kind of done things to get out of work, you know, the conference call that you don’t want to go to,” Kim says.
This isn’t the first time Green’s violence has gotten him into trouble.
“He popped a kid on Michigan State’s campus,” Whitlock says. “He got in trouble for punching a college kid. Draymond is a punk.”
Warriors coach Steve Kerr spoke out in defense of Green, telling reporters that “if you watch the replay, Rudy had his hands on Klay’s neck, and that’s why Draymond went after Rudy.”
Gobert, however, called Green’s choke hold “clown behavior” and said that as soon as he heard Steph was out, he knew Draymond was going to try to get ejected.
“He doesn’t want to play without his guy Steph, so he does anything he can to get ejected,” Gobert added.
“This was a little stage thing,” Whitlock agrees. “Draymond doesn’t care about this end-season tournament; he doesn’t care about playing when Steph’s not there.”
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