Draymond Green- Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green issued a public apology and announced he will be out of the team indefinitely following an altercation between him and Jordan Poole on Wednesday
I'm going to continue to stay away, like I've been away, and continue to work on myself, but just have to make room for the guys," Green said at a news conference Saturday. "
I want to give something to my team. Space, I want to give Jordan some space, and still take a few days to continue working on myself... take some time to let everything breathe.
Green initially apologized to Poole and the team Thursday before practice, then immediately left the facility and went home.
In addition to the group apology, Green said he apologized to Poole personally and also to Poole's family. But Green doesn't know how his apology came across to Poole.
Jordan's feelings are most important, and frankly I'm not sure how he feels," Green said. "It's not a bridge we've crossed yet, or it shouldn't be a bridge we've crossed yet.
The most important thing initially is to allow Jordan to work through his thoughts and I don't try to dictate his thoughts one way or another.
On Friday, a video was leaked that showed the incident, prompting Green and the Warriors to mutually agree that he should spend more time away from the team.
The Warriors have also launched an investigation into the source of the leak, sources told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski and Ramona Shelburne.
I watched the video 15 times, maybe more, because when I watched the video, I was like, Yo, this looks horrible," Green said. "It looks worse than I thought. It's pathetic.
According to Warriors coach Steve Kerr, the video leak affected the way the team was able to move on from the controversy.
"In 32 years, I've probably seen more than 20 fights. It shouldn't be taken out of our walls," Kerr said.
When things are kept internal, it's almost easier to manage," he continued. "All hell breaks loose as things leak.
It affects every single player, coach. ... It sounds like there was a family feud if you had a camera in your family. Do you really want to discuss it with the world? No
The video doesn't show anything before Green punching the pool, and Green didn't specify the events leading up to the incident, saying he didn't want to use "sympathy tactics" or reveal anything that might change people's minds about what happened.
But he said that did not stem from the upcoming and ongoing contract negotiations for himself and Poole.