What was dubbed an internal matter by the Golden State Warriors on Thursday became fodder for public debate Friday when TMZ released video of an on-court altercation between teammates Draymond Green and Jordan Poole.
News of the incident had already gotten out before TMZ released the video.
On Thursday, Warriors General Manager Bob Myers told reporters that Green had apologized to the team for the altercation, left the training facility and was not expected back until Saturday. Myers said the team would decide on a punishment internally, although he did not expect Green to miss any games as a result. Poole returned to practice Thursday.
It is now impossible for the defending NBA champions to keep the matter in-house. Also troubling for the organization is that the video appears to have been taken from inside Golden State’s practice facility, suggesting a significant breach of trust.
While it is typical for people who aren’t coaches, players or team staff to attend an NBA practice, those inside the building are usually there at the team’s invitation. Team broadcasters, player alumni, college coaches and anyone else observing attend with the implicit understanding that what they see is not for public consumption. Although rules vary by team, reporters generally aren’t allowed to watch practice until the final segment — usually when drills and scrimmages are over and players are just shooting around.
The video’s release led to a firestorm on NBA Twitter Friday morning, with players, fans and basketball media weighing in on everything from Green’s possible motives to the source of the presumably leaked footage.
Draymond is tryna get to LA.— Trae Young (@TheTraeYoung) October 7, 2022
Damn ! 😳
All I’m saying is you ain’t responding with a PUNCH if that’s somebody you really rock with!!! Especially after a PUSH. But I ain’t in the practice and I didn’t hear what was being said so ima leave that alone but DAMN— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) October 7, 2022
One TMZ call will let an employer know just how on track they are towards that “good workplace culture”— Kayla Grey (@Kayla_Grey) October 7, 2022
Wow… first of all I’m just thankful Jordan is ok … video may put pressure on the situation. The fact that the video got out… is something to unpack too …overall its disappointing.— Ros Gold-Onwude (@ROSGO21) October 7, 2022
How does that video leave the building?— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) October 7, 2022
The Warriors will now be under a microscope as they dole out Green’s punishment in the final weeks before the regular season begins Oct. 18. Golden State hosts the Los Angeles Lakers in its next preseason game Sunday.