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Brutal video of Warriors' Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole is released

SF Gate 10/7/2022 Eric Ting
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A video of Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green punching teammate Jordan Poole at practice has leaked online, and it is not pretty.

The video was obtained and released by TMZ Friday morning. In the 40-second clip, Green can be seen walking over to Poole, with the pair exchanging words before Poole shoves him. Immediately after getting shoved, Green charges Poole and punches him in the face. Poole falls to the ground as others intervene.

Green is facing team discipline of some kind for the incident. On Thursday, general manager Bob Myers, head coach Steve Kerr and point guard Stephen Curry all spoke to the media and argued that the vibes at training camp are very good, actually.

"Vibe in practice was great," Curry said. "Obviously an unfortunate situation that could have been avoided." 

While it may be true that the vibes are fine and the team is moving past the incident, the leak of the video is all-but-assured to spur another round of questions as well as a manhunt for whoever gave practice footage to TMZ. 

Curry and Kerr pushed back strongly against a report from Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes alleging that ahead of the altercation, "there was a buildup stemming from teammates noticing a change in Poole’s behavior throughout camp with the guard on the verge of securing a lucrative extension." 

"Jordan has been fantastic throughout camp," Kerr said. "There was a report that I was made aware of last night, someone put out there that Jordan had an attitude in camp. Nothing could be further from the truth. He's been fantastic. Disappointing to see misinformation out there, but I wanted to make sure I set the record straight on that."

"There was a specific tweet that was put out yesterday insinuating that JP's attitude or something has changed since he's been in this training camp. ... It's absolute BS," said Curry. "... JP's been great. There's nothing that warranted the situation yesterday, we'll make that clear. ... I hate that that became part of the narrative, it's not fair to JP."

SFGATE sports editor Dennis Young contributed to this report.

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