Fury over Draymond Green suspension as NBA fans demand harsher punishment for Golden State star’s headlock on court

Draymond Green would be set to miss games against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets among others

NBA fans have been left furious after the length of Draymond Green’s suspension was revealed.

The Golden State Warriors forward went viral on Tuesday night after he put Minnesota Timberwolves center Rudy Golbert in a headlock during their 104-101 loss.

Draymond Green (pictured) has been suspended by the NBA


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Draymond Green (pictured) has been suspended by the NBACredit: Getty

Green's five-game ban comes after he put Rudy Golbert in a headlock on Tuesday night (pictured)
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Green’s five-game ban comes after he put Rudy Golbert in a headlock on Tuesday night (pictured)Credit: ESPN
The incident led to calls for Green to be suspended by the NBA, and now the league has done just that.

On Wednesday, NBA Communications tweeted a statement revealing that Green is set to be suspended for five games without pay.

The statement went on to add: “The length of the suspension is based in part on Green’s history of unsportsmanlike acts.”

But as far as many fans are concerned, this is far from enough.

One such fan took to X, formerly known as Twitter, to comment: “Only 5 !?!?! The league is a joke.”

A second said: “Shoulda been a suspension for life IMO.”

As another suggested: “Should’ve been 20.”

While one joked: “Only 5? Worth it then.”

The headlock came just 1:40 into the game after tensions rose between Timberwolves forward Jaden McDaniels and Warriors guard Klay Thompson.

The two were then pulled apart by teammates, with Green coming up behind Gobert and grabbing him around his neck, pulling him back.

Coaches and players attempted to intervene before Green eventually let Gobert drop to the floor.

Both McDaniels and Thompson were subsequently handed two technical fouls each by the officials and ejected.

They were each handed a $25,000 fine by the NBA.


As for Green, he was called for a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected from the game.

This marked the second time that the 33-year-old has been tossed from a game in the space of a week after he was ejected from their 118-110 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on November 11.

Speaking after the game, per ESPN, Gobert said: “My first thought was just, ‘I’m not going to fight. I need to be in this game to help my team.’

“I just showed the ref that I had my hands up, and I just waited until the situation was over. Nothing more than that. It wasn’t a good enough choke to put me to sleep.”

Warriors coach Steve Kerr also weighed in on the incident after the game, saying: “Rudy had his hands on Klay’s neck. That’s why Draymond went after Rudy.”

Green will now miss two games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and one against the Houston Rockets, the Phoenix Suns, and the San Antonio Spurs.

Green (left top center) grabbed Rudy Golbert (right top center) as he "had his hands on Klay's neck" according to Warriors coach Steve Kerr
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Green (left top center) grabbed Rudy Golbert (right top center) as he “had his hands on Klay’s neck” according to Warriors coach Steve KerrCredit: AP

Green will miss games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and the San Antonio Spurs
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Green will miss games against the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Phoenix Suns, and the San Antonio SpursCredit: AP



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