Draymond Green: Davis Bertans had me in ‘chokehold’ before flagrant foul (vid)
Draymond Green claims a “chokehold” straight out of professional wrestling from Davis Bertans preceded him being assessed a flagrant foul in the Golden State Warriors’ Game 2 victory over the San Antonio Spurs.
With the Warriors holding a commanding lead in the fourth quarter, Green caught Bertans up high with an elbow while the two were jockeying for rebounding position.
Draymond's elbow to Bertans jaw pic.twitter.com/v0sGGWdKxW
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Green — of course known for engaging in such extracurricular activity during his otherwise standout career — defended his actions as retaliatory. Green also suggests Bertans embellished the contact in order to sell the eventual assessment of the flagrant-1 foul.
“I think it was a little bit of a flop,” Green said after the Warriors’ 116-101 win, via ESPN. “I don’t even know if I hit him, but if I did — I’m not saying I didn’t, I don’t know — but if it’s going to be a flagrant foul, shouldn’t it be a double flagrant? Like, I can just get grabbed around my neck? I’m not going to sit up here and say I did nothing. I’ve got to get someone off my neck, though. If you’re going to penalize me, then why not penalize both? That’s really my only thing.”
Green was also asked by reporters during his postgame media session whether he’s concerned about already getting hit with a flagrant-1. Green also suggested perhaps his flagrant could be rescinded in light of Bertans’ conduct.
“Nah, I don’t care. It is what it is,” Green said. “Life goes on. There’s more important things in life than worrying about a flagrant point. Maybe it’ll get rescinded. I got choked, put in a chokehold like I was in the WWE or something. So it might get rescinded. Who knows?”
Everything Green claims about what inspired the incident in Game 2 may in fact be accurate. However, Green has lost any semblance of leeway related to such instances due to his questionable past in this regard. Nor is it likely he will receive any benefit of the doubt from the NBA when it comes to the league potentially reversing the officials’ ruling on the floor.