The NBA suspended Golden State’s Draymond Green for five games for grabbing Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert by the neck “in an unsportsmanlike and dangerous manner,” the league said Wednesday night.
Also disciplined by the league for their role in the incident, which occurred early in Tuesday’s game between the Timberwolves and Warriors, were Gobert, Minnesota teammate Jaden McDaniels and Golden State guard Klay Thompson. all fined $25,000 by the league.
But Green will pay the ultimate price, both in terms of games lost and money lost. The suspension will cost him $769,704 in lost wages.
“The length of the suspension is based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts,” the NBA said in the statement announcing the sanctions. Those sanctions were imposed by Joe Dumars, the NBA’s executive vice president and chief basketball operations officer, and Green’s longtime mentor.
The incident began when Thompson and McDaniels “tangled and grabbed and pulled at each other’s jerseys,” the NBA said, and spiraled out of control when Gobert got involved and put his arms around Thompson.
Green got involved shortly after that, putting his arm around Gobert’s neck.
Green will miss Thursday and Saturday’s home games against Oklahoma City, another home game on Monday against Houston, a road game with Phoenix on Nov. 22 and then an NBA Season Tournament home game against San Antonio on November 24.
He would be eligible to return Nov. 28 in Sacramento. The Warriors, who will also be without star guard Stephen Curry at least through Thursday’s game due to a knee issue, have lost four straight games and are 6-6 in 12 games this season, just 1-4 in home.