Why Warriors’ Draymond Green kicked a fan out of the game in Milwaukee

The Milwaukee Bucks led by 23 points with just over five minutes left in the third quarter against Golden State when the game was halted due to a verbal altercation between Warriors star Draymond Green and a fan. Green had the fan ejected by game officials after Curry made two free throws with 5:19 remaining.

“Things threatening to my life,” Green said after the game. “So you know. I was about to really go back and dive all the way in but I kind of came back and told the official. And when I told the official what he said, he said ‘oh, he has to get out of here.’ And he has to get out of here.”

As for the fan’s removal, Bucks communications director Barry Baum said: “It’s at the discretion of the referee. We are investigating the situation and talking with the NBA.”

On Dec. 2, a Bucks fan was briefly removed from his seat after a verbal altercation with Los Angeles Lakers star Russell Westbrook. The day before in Dallas, Green got into a verbal altercation with a fan that resulted in a $25,000 fine for Green. The Mavericks fan then matched the fine with donations to charity.

“It sucks that this is part of any game or any arena in terms of fans crossing that line, taking advantage of the proximity to the pitch and everything trying to say anything and think they can get away with it,” Warriors star Stephen Curry said. “A distraction in terms of how long it took to deal with the situation. Draymond showed composure in terms of; everyone knows what’s going on, making sure this guy gets away with it.

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“I’ve heard this has happened a few times here in terms of fans saying crazy things. I know that happened in the league. You want there to be fast action around this. It’s such a great game, such a great atmosphere, it doesn’t matter what arena you show up in, the guys show up, give their all for a show, provide that entertainment value.

“We know the fans are paying their hard-earned money to come see us play. There should be an inherent respect factor that you walk into these buildings and behave appropriately.”

Curry made his third free throw to draw the Warriors to 85-65. The Bucks won, 128-111.

Giannis Antetokounmpo said he was aware of some sort of conversation, but he said he had not heard details.

“I feel like it’s not worth it – we have the power and we are able to go to the referee and say this guy is bothering me, talking badly about me or anything and they are immediately going to act,” Antetokounmpo said. “It doesn’t matter if he said something or if he didn’t say something, they’re going to act and they’re going to kind of get the fan out of this situation and the player out of this situation.

“I think the way it’s set up is good.”


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