The NBA has taken the decision to suspend Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green for an unspecified period of time.

The NBA has announced a punishment for Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green less than 24 hours after he hit Phoenix Suns center Jusuf Nurkic. Green received a Flagrant 2 foul and ejection for the incident. This marks Green’s second suspension of the season. The league stated that Green must fulfill specific conditions set by the league and his team before he can return to play. The NBA took into consideration Green’s history of unsportsmanlike behavior when making this decision. Green’s ejection in this game was the 18th of his career, the highest among active NBA players.
The altercation between Green and Nurkic occurred during a battle for position early in the third quarter. Despite appearing to lose his balance, Green turned and struck Nurkic in the face. Nurkic fell to the ground but was able to continue playing. After reviewing the play, the referees assessed Green with a Flagrant 2 foul and ejected him from the game. Nurkic commented that the incident had nothing to do with basketball and he was simply trying to play the game.
This suspension comes shortly after Green’s five-game suspension earlier in the season for a confrontation with Minnesota’s Rudy Gobert. In that incident, Green put Gobert in a headlock. It is rare for the NBA to issue an indefinite suspension. One notable instance was in 2010 when Washington guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely for bringing firearms into the team locker room. This eventually led to a 50-game suspension for Arenas after the commissioner determined he was unfit to play in NBA games due to his ongoing conduct.

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