Somewhat surprisingly, the Golden State Warriors came down hard on Draymond Green for his altercation with Kevin Durant. Green was handed a one-game suspension, which not only meant he couldn’t play, but meant he had his pay docked as well.
While Green admitted that his actions crossed a few lines, he was reportedly not too happy with the suspension. The team could have easily sat him for the game without the formal suspension, or levied him a small fine - instead, they opted for the suspension, which will cost him roughly $120,000. Not exactly an insignificant sum.
According to a report from Marc J Spears of ESPN’s The Undefeated, Green is planning to appeal the fine, with the help of the NBA Player’s Association.
This is a common move when a suspension is handed down from the league, but it’s a pretty infrequent occurrence when the suspension is given by the player’s team. It could, potentially, point to some strife between Green and the team - that Green is upset with Steve Kerr, Bob Myers, and the organization for such punishment.
Of course, it could also just be Green trying to recoup some of his lost money. After Green’s statement on Thursday, it seems like things are headed in the right direction, and there probably isn’t too much to read into this.