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Tensions within the Warriors surfaced ahead of the 2022-23 NBA season when Draymond Green punched teammate Jordan Poole in the head during a scrimmage game. Despite the incident, Green faced no suspension and rejoined the team. However, the fallout from the incident is far from over.

Recently, Green offered a justification for the punch, citing Poole’s trash-talking as the trigger. While Poole has remained silent on the matter, his best friend, Ralen Brown, took to Instagram to address the situation after Green’s comments.

In an Instagram post, Brown expressed his disappointment, questioning Green’s leadership and how he had once considered Green as their “OG” and leader. Brown also criticized Green’s handling of the situation, emphasizing the need for mature leadership and accountability.

“He literally took us under his wing because of the Midwest connection and was over his house during the pandemic all the time, he supposedly called himself our OG and LEADER, you can see how proud he was in the video, but what changed? A lot of y’all hoop, how many times at practice you swung on your lil homie like that? tbh we’ve been handling this way more mature than Draymond Green you a legend that condone this of energy of “talking shit” in this literal video but definitely had a moment of inexcusable failure of leadership as a brother/teammate, which was his best quality. Where you “leader” when you need them, we rocked with you a lot which is why it’s ALWAYS been weird that you would have such bad energy this way, it’s never made sense on this side,” Brown wrote.