Draymond Green opened up about the aftermath of his altercation with former teammate Kevin Durant back in 2018.
Green revealed that the team wanted him to apologize to Durant and was prepared to take extreme measures to resolve this issue.
“I met with Steve Kerr and Bob Myers when we landed. My fiancee was on the team plane with us, so she’s sitting in the car — I turned the heat on, she sitting in the car, I’m thinking the meeting is gonna be quick — I’m in the meeting at the airport terminal for like an hour and 45 minutes with them.
And they’re pretty much telling me you were wrong, you (need to) apologize. And my thing to them was — I told ya’ll this. Yeah, it boiled over but this shouldn’t be no surprise to nobody. I told ya’ll what it was … they kept telling me you need to apologize. And I’m like, ‘I’m not f***ing apologizing. He’s one foot in and one foot out. I meant what I said. I’m not f***ing apologizing for something I meant to say.
After an hour and 45 minutes, they’re like, ‘You go home, you meet us in the morning. You sleep on it, maybe you’ll feel different.’ We meet and they’re like, ‘So you gonna apologize?’ And I’m like, ‘I’m not apologizing.’ So then Steve tells me, ‘All right, well we’re gonna suspend you for tonight’s game.’ No, Bob said it.
I started laughing. He’s like, ‘Well that’s not the response I expected you to have.’ I’m like, ‘Well, I feel like you’re suspending me to try to save Kevin — to try to make him feel good. Because that’s bulls***. I ain’t never seen no player get suspended for arguing with another player.
I told them ya’ll gonna make a mistake suspending me because the only person that can fix this is me … they still did it … so I kind of patched it up. But it never was the same after that.
But to me, it wasn’t the same before that and it hadn’t been the same for at least a year. It had just gone from bad to worse,” Green told Matt Barnes and Stephen Jackson during his appearance on the All the Smoke podcast, as transcribed by Drew Shiller of NBC Sports Bay Area.