Jordan Poole and Draymond Green haven’t said much about their altercation since it happened during the preseason last year. Of course, Green has talked about it more than Poole, but this has mainly been to reflect on his behavior and admit guilt. Green recently shared a hitherto undisclosed truth regarding the Poole incident in a podcast segment with Patrick Beverley.
“I don’t just hit people,” Green said. “Dialogue of course happens over time, and you usually ain’t just triggered by something that fast, to that degree. This is a team, ain’t nobody on my team triggering me in an instant. We know stuff that you don’t say amongst men. We know things that you have to stand on.”
Green’s remarks made it plain that he had a long-standing grudge against Poole. Green also gave the impression that Poole said something offensive. By saying things like “I don’t just hit people” and “We know stuff that you don’t say amongst men,” Green is clearly implying that the Poole incident involved more than just a heated exchange between rival players.
As was already established, the majority of Green’s earlier remarks on the incident were an admission of guilt and the effect the punch had on Golden State’s poor season. This video provides some additional explanations for the Warriors leader’s actions.