Warriors’ Draymond Green says a fan who was ejected from a loss against the Bucks was life-threatening

Milwaukee – Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said a fan threatened his life during the team’s 128-111 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Tuesday night.

Midway through the third quarter, Green engaged in a back-and-forth with a fan sitting in the baseline section while Giannis Antetokounmpo free throws. A short time later, Green discussed the incident with the referees, who had contacted Fiserv Forum security. The fan was then escorted out of the ring.

“[They said] “Some things that threaten my life,” Green said. “I was so close to coming back and diving all the way, but I just came back and told the official. And when I told the official what he said, he was like, ‘Oh, he should get out of here.’ And he got out of here.”

Barry Baum, Bucks’ chief communications officer, issued a brief statement saying that the decision to fire the fan was “subject to the referee’s discretion.” Bucks is “investigating the situation and consulting with the NBA.”

Green said the league is well aware of the dilemma of fan behavior, but can do little to control what people will say. His main frustration is punishing players for their real reactions.

“We’re human,” Green said. “That’s the part that frustrates me. I know it’s not an issue that the league ignores. I don’t think that’s the case. I know they spend a lot of time on it. Quite frankly, people will become people, I’ll say the things they want to say. You can put it out, and that’s cool.” “

Green added that the league should work with lawmakers to implement harsher penalties for fans who cross the line. “Hopefully, certain things will get to a point where laws can be applied,” he said. “These are the spirits that – we’re talking about threatening someone’s life.

“It’s not unlike when you see people come onto the field and run on the field. People do it just to get attention because there are no real consequences. Well, you can’t get back into the game, but even if you get caught, nothing really happens. It might be You have a $500 bond or something like that, but nothing really happens. You hope you get to a point where these unions can work with legislators to enforce the laws, because that’s the only thing that will eventually correct the problem if you know something real is going to happen to you. “.

Steve Curry, who finished with just 20 points on 6-of-17 from the field in one of his worst outings of the season, complimented Green’s “coolness” in handling the situation and said there should be an “inherent” factor of respect from everyone entering. The arena to watch the matches.

“I don’t know what can be done in terms of consequences,” Carey said. “There has to be a collective response to what that looks like. I’m glad Draymond handled it the right way tonight, and didn’t take it upon himself to protect himself. At one point, this situation could go very differently. Shout out to Draymond for handling it the right way.” .

Antetokounmpo, who was on the line when the incident occurred, said he could hear Green having a conversation with someone but was focused on shooting his free throws rather than knowing exactly what was being said. He praised everyone involved in dealing with it in a professional manner.

“We have the power and the standing to go to the referee and say this guy is bothering me, he’s talking bad about me or whatever the case may be,” Antetokounmo said. “I think the way he’s set up is good. It protects the players and it protects us.”

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