Draymond Green publicly apologizes for punching Jordan Poole, leaving Warriors to allow team to 'heal'

Draymond Green spoke during the Golden State Warriors' media availability on Saturday, and delivered a heartfelt public apology for punching his teammate Jordan Poole at practice last week.

News first broke of the altercation between Green and Poole on Oct. 5. Information began to trickle out over the next few days, and we found out that Green and Poole had been beefing since training camp began. There had been some rumors that it had been about Poole's possible contract extension, but Green refuted that directly.

Green wouldn't say what led to the fight, but he did reveal that he's been dealing with some things in his personal life and hadn't been able to leave them off the court.

Green had already apologized to his teammates earlier in the week, and he believes the team accepted it. He's not sure how Poole feels about everything, though, including his apology.

He was also fairly angry at video of the altercation becoming public, but didn't use that as an excuse for his actions. He still recognized what he did was wrong, and after watching the video a number of times realized the whole thing looked even worse than he originally thought it did.

As for what happens now, Green said that the attitude and feelings of the team are most important.

And in light of that, Green will take (more) time away from the team. He wants to give the team time to heal, and he also wants to take time to work on himself. He doesn't know how long he'll be away.

At this point, he doesn't know if he'll play in the Warriors' season opener.

But he did make one thing clear: he still loves and supports Poole.

SAITAMA, JAPAN - OCTOBER 02: Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors enters the court prior to the Washington Wizards v Golden State Warriors - NBA Japan Games at Saitama Super Arena on October 02, 2022 in Saitama, Japan.  NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.    (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)
Draymond Green will leave the Warriors for several days to work on himself, and to allow the team to heal from his altercation with Jordan Poole. (Photo by Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images)