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Draymond Green stepping away from Warriors after punching Jordan Poole

Draymond Green has announced his decision to ‘step away’ from the Golden State Warriors for the coming days, at a hastily-arranged press conference in which he apologized for sucker-punching teammate Jordan Poole at a practice session.

The video of Draymond Green’s punch was leaked Friday, with reports claiming that the Warriors are ‘pursuing every legal course of action’ to discover how the shocking footage got out.

In the wake of the clip being made public, Green decided to speak to the media – calling the leak ‘bulls***’ – while also apologizing to his teammate once more.

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“Number one, I was wrong for my actions,” Green said, adding that he apologized to Poole and Poole’s family. “There’s a huge embarrassment that comes with [this].

“Not only for myself, as I was the one who committed the action … but the embarrassment that Jordan has to deal with and that this team has to deal with, this organization has to deal with. But also Jordan’s family.

” His family saw that video. His mother, his father saw that video. If my mother saw that video, I know how my mother would feel.”

He added that he must also “rebuild trust in the locker room.”.. “I am a very flawed human being,” he said. “I failed as a leader. I failed as a man.”

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The Warriors have yet to indicate whether Green’s leave of absence is at the organization’s doing or voluntary.

Earlier on Saturday, TMZ reported that, according to sources, Poole was carrying himself in a “cocky” manner around the team and that had created “friction.” The two players — both of whom are seeking big contract extensions by an Oct. 17 deadline — got into it following a foul and sources told the outlet that Green called Poole a “bitch.”

Video of the incident showed Green getting in the face of Poole, who shoved him away, with Green responding by punching Poole in the face.

Steph Curry, among others, have disputed a change in attitude for Poole, and the Warriors have been investigating how the video was leaked.

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Green also disputed earlier accounts that tension with Poole stemmed from contract extensions.

Golden State opens its season against the Lakers on Oct. 18. Though Green said he hopes to play in the game, before which the Warriors will be presented their championship rings from last season’s title, it’s unclear if he will.

Warriors coach Steve Kerr said there’s no set date for Green’s return.. Said Kerr: “We will see where it goes.”

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