Draymond Green from the Golden State Warriors has received his fifth NBA suspension in his career, with this latest punishment consisting of being banned for five games. This move by the NBA came after Green’s ejection in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, where he put center Rudy Gobert in a headlock. The drama erupted only two minutes into the match, before either team scored a single point. This altercation also led to the ejections of Klay Thompson and Jaden McDaniels.
Controversy has long followed Draymond Green, with his latest incident marking his fifth career suspension in addition to six missed games. The first suspension occurred during Game 2 of a postseason series against the Sacramento Kings when he stomped on Domantas Sabonis’ chest, resulting in a one-game suspension. Another suspension was for the preseason altercation with Jordan Poole, which didn’t lead to him missing games but involved a fine. In another incident in March 2023, Green was suspended for a game for exceeding the NBA technical foul limit after tossing the ball at an opposing player. Lastly, Draymond Green’s most infamous suspension came in June 2016 during Game 5 of the NBA Finals against the Cleveland Cavaliers, when he made contact with LeBron James’ groin area, resulting in an automatic suspension due to the accumulation of four flagrant foul points during the playoffs.
With Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts, the NBA made the decision to issue him this latest ban following his altercation with Rudy Gobert. It seems that controversy tends to follow Green, and, in this latest incident, it surely made headlines once again.