Draymond Green apologized to USA Basketball teammates for assault incident

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LAS VEGAS — Draymond Green was arrested a week ago for an assault in East Lansing, Michigan.

As Team USA got together in Las Vegas for the start of their road to the Rio Olympics, Green apologized to the team for the incident.

“The message for him was: This is an opportunity. When we met yesterday, we gave him a chance to address the team. ‘What do you want to tell the team?’ Basically, he said he wanted to apologize for what happened.

“We were talking about the things that are important to us as a team, that are really strong principles, and being able to maintain your composure is one of them. He knows that’s not what happened and what should have happened. He had a chance to share with the players.

“We’re trying to bond people here because we have a lot of new people. It’s not like this is the same 12. When a player is willing to say, ‘I made a mistake, I didn’t do what I should have done. I apologize for that.’ That helps bring people together.”

Green wouldn’t address the issue directly, saying his attorneys are on handling it.

“Everybody’s concerned,” Green said. “At the end of the day, as a public figure as a guy who’s representing this country, I said it’s bigger than me. It’s bigger than anybody on this team. That’s just the stuff we have to remember….

“My attorneys are handling everything, and leave it in their hands. I got an opportunity to compete for a gold medal. You don’t let any type of distraction get in the way of that. This is not about me. It’s not about anyone on this team. It’s about going out and defending our country the right way. Everything else is kind of secondary to that.”

There will not be any punishment for Green for the incident, according to Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski.

“No, no, we’ve already hung him by the thumbs last night for two hours,” Krzyzewski said with a laugh. “It shouldn’t have happened.… Hopefully, it will get resolution. He apologized to the team last night and then we [moved] forward.”

Green’s altercation happened with former Michigan State football wide receiver Jermaine Edmondson. According to the complaint, Edmonson says Green’s entourage attacked him before Green hit him. Green’s attorney denied this. Now it plays out in the courts.