Ex-Blazer becomes latest Draymond Green victim after taking Tyson-worthy right hook

Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors / Justin Ford/GettyImages

Draymond Green struck again during last night's (Dec. 12) game against the Phoenix Suns. Literally.

The Golden State Warriors star was ejected for sending a flailing right fist - accidentally, according to Green - that landed sweetly on the right cheek of former Portland Trail Blazers center Jusuf Nurkic.

The move would've made Mike Tyson proud. Or at least The Rock.

Draymond Green ejected for swinging at Phoenix Suns' Jusuf Nurkic

Draymond was kicked out during the third quarter of a 119-116 Phoenix win after the Warriors veteran earned a flagrant foul 2. Green was trying to keep Nurk on his back as the two battled near the left corner.

The oft-ejected Green felt the need to sell an imaginary foul on Nurkic, dramatically pirouetting with his hands in the air, one of which caught the former Blazers fan favorite flush in the face.

Draymond apologized after the game per ESPN, claiming he didn't intend to hit Nurkic; his right hook was just a byproduct of trying to sell a foul.

"I am not one to apologize for things I mean to do, but I do apologize to Jusuf because I didn't intend to hit him. I sell calls with my arms ... so I was selling the call ... and I swung and unfortunately I hit him."

Draymond Green

You be the judge.

Draymond and the Warriors await word of another potential suspension

This is Green's third ejection in the season's first 23 games. He's never been ejected more than three times in a regular season.


He was suspended for five games earlier this year after putting Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert in a headlock. The Rock probably would have been proud of that one, too.