Details of the 26-year-old’s arrest aren’t immediately available, and the local police department elected against naming Green as the specific perpetrator. Oddly, however, a spokesman for the East Lansing PD confirmed that a professional basketball player was taken into custody.
“The police department is not confirming any arrest with that name,” said Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth, the East Lansing police department Public Information Officer. “What I can confirm is that we did arrest a current NBA basketball player this weekend and he was arrested for assault. That’s all we’re confirming right now.”
A request for comment by MLive was not immediately returned.
The Warriors released the following statement after learning of Green’s arrest.
We are aware of news involving Draymond Green in Michigan over the weekend. At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.
A graduate of East Lansing’s Michigan State University and proud native of nearby Saginaw, Green has become one of the Great Lakes State’s most famous professional athletes since rising to prominence with Golden State over the past three years. The two-time reigning Defensive Player of the Year runner up helped the Warriors to a championship in 2014-15 and historic 73-9 record this past season before they were beaten by the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, a contest in which he scored 32 points, grabbed 15 rebounds, and doled-out nine assists.
Green came under intense scrutiny throughout Golden State’s most recent playoff run for what many league followers deemed dirty play. He missed Game 5 of the Finals after accruing enough flagrant foul points to warrant an automatic one-game suspension from the league office. Shortly thereafter, Spartans basketball coach Tom Izzo defended his former player’s reputation on ESPN Radio’s Mike and Mike.
“That’s who [Green] is, that’s his DNA,” Izzo said. “He’s not a necessarily a street fighter, he’s not a thug. He is a guy that plays with incredible passion, incredible toughness, and winning is important.”
Green was recently selected to play for Team USA at the upcoming Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. When contacted by Sam Amick of USA Today, program director Jerry Colangelo said he was unaware of Green’s arrest.
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