Draymond Green apologizes for punching Jordan Poole, will take leave from Warriors

The Golden State Warriors forward spoke publicly on Saturday for the first time since the incident in this week's practice, which TMZ published video of on Friday.

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DRAYMOND GREEN: I was wrong for my actions that took place on Wednesday. And for that I have apologized to my team, I have apologized to Jordan. And you know, I wanted to take that a step further.

With the event yesterday, with the video leaking, there is a huge embarrassment that comes with that, not only for myself, as I was the one that committed the action. The embarrassment that comes from me is what it is, and that's something that I have to deal with.

But the embarrassment that Jordan has to deal with and that this team has to deal with, this organization has to deal with, but also Jordan's family. His family saw that video. His mother, his father saw that video.

And quite frankly, if my mother saw that video, I know how my mother would feel. I know where her next-- I know what her reaction would be, and I know what her next step would be.

And so for that I apologize to his mother and his father, and his family, his friends that care for him because that is a sense of or a level of embarrassment that they have to deal with, too.

I apologize to this organization. You know, we just won a championship. In nine days, 10 days, there will be a ring ceremony. My family will be here. His family will be here. I'm sure they'll be here.

And quite frankly, that's an elephant in the room. That's something that-- it's weird, you know. And on a night where it should be celebration and love-- and it still will be-- but there is, like, this dark cloud in the room, and I caused that.

So I apologize to his family and just what they've had to deal with over the course of the last 24 to 48 hours. And I will do what I have to do to make that right.