Draymond Green walks away from the Golden State Warriors after punching teammate Jordan Poole in a practice altercation.
Leaked footage earlier this week showed the 32-year-old confronting Poole and punching the guard in the face before his teammates and staff intervened to split the pair.
Green has since apologized to the rest of the squad as well as Poole and his family, although it remains to be confirmed what discipline he will face for his actions.
“I was wrong in my actions,” Green told reporters on Saturday. “There is a huge embarrassment that comes with [this]. Not just for me, because I did the action, but the embarrassment that Jordan has to deal with and this team has to deal with, this organization has to deal with.
“But also Jordan’s family. His family saw this video. His mother, his father saw this video. If my mother saw this video, I know how my mother would feel.
“I’m a very flawed human being. I failed as a leader. I failed as a man.”
Warriors head coach Steve Kerr was quick to quash suggestions of a “change of attitude” from Poole, prompting Green to approach him in practice.
“Jordan has been fantastic throughout camp,” Kerr said. “Someone said Jordan had an attitude at camp, nothing could be further from the truth.”
General manager Bob Myers meanwhile said earlier this week that he doesn’t expect Green to miss playing time, with the defending champions set to start their season against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 18.