Well, that certainly appeared to escalate. It’s no surprise that the Golden State Warriors Draymond Green and the Cleveland Cavaliers Tristan Thompson aren’t best buddies. The two have tussled repeatedly on the court, specifically in the NBA Finals, where they’ve met in each of the last four years.
But now, according to a report from Bossip, the animosity has continued off the court. Apparently the two were at the same nightclub after the ESPY’s earlier in July, when Thompson surprised Green with a pair of punches. Kevin Durant and LeBron James apparently stepped in to stop things from escalating further.
Jason McIntyre of FS1 had more details on the story, which he had heard about at the time, but couldn’t reveal until now. First, the tweet from July 19, which gives a lot of credibility to today’s report:
before tomorrow’s show, I hope somebody breaks the NBA fight I just heard about. Apparently went down at an LA club this week. No spoilers here— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 19, 2018
And now the details that McIntyre revealed today:
Finally this story is out there and I can say what I’ve heard about Tristan Thompson punching Draymond Green 2 weeks ago— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
Draymond went up to apologize to Tristan for what happened after G4 of the finals. TT said ‘nah man’ and Draymond tried again, ‘come on, I didn’t mean it’ and then WHAP, Tristan leveled him with a punch. Draymond didn’t go down.— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
Draymond Green was not the aggressor, he was trying to make peace. Tristan felt embarrassed by the end of the Finals diss moment and just unloaded. Couple players i spoke here in LA/on social media went with, "about time"— Jason McIntyre (@jasonrmcintyre) July 31, 2018
The Game 4 incident that McIntyre refers to came during this year’s NBA Finals. After the Warriors secured their second consecutive title with a sweep, Green didn’t shake Thompson’s hand. At the Warriors championship parade a few days later, Green explained why, saying, “We just cut from a different cloth . . . he tried to shake my hand, I said, ‘Tristan, we ain’t cut the same.’”
Here is Draymond Calling Tristan Thompson soft and saying they aren’t cut from the same cloth. According to reports he tried to apologize for the comments and TTK punched him in the face https://t.co/gphHnZzQPh pic.twitter.com/9z6V3dBime— Robert Littal (@BSO) July 31, 2018
Green had also - seemingly jokingly - said that if Thompson had a problem with him, they could meet off the court. During a media scrum in the Finals, a jovial Green noted that, “I could meet him in the streets any day . . . in the summer, you can meet anybody anywhere.”
Draymond spoke about how if Tristan Thompson wanted to fight he could meet him anywhere and anytime during the summer. When he saw TTK in the summer he tried to apologize for saying that but TTK reportedly took him at face value and punched him in jaw https://t.co/gphHnZzQPh pic.twitter.com/8oX6pcZvZJ— Robert Littal (@BSO) July 31, 2018
A lot of this adds up, and if you’ve watched the two go back and forth over the last few years, it’s easy to think that some real animosity may have been brewing. Still, in this day and age, it’s a little crazy to think that a physical altercation between two high-profile celebrities took place at a Los Angeles nightclub, and we didn’t hear about it until two weeks later.
Then again, perhaps that’s not the most unlikely part of the story. According to the reports, Green tried to apologize!
I don't know if I believe Draymond tried to apologize. He's been pretty clear on how he feels about Tristan. pic.twitter.com/IuWlTuIFRq— Alexis Morgan (@alexismorgan) July 31, 2018
Hopefully more details emerge, but for now, it looks like a pretty rough summer for Thompson, who lost the NBA Finals, lost LeBron James, and now reportedly sucker-punched another player at a club.
h/t to user SigEpWarrior for first posting this story.