MILWAUKEE — A fan was kicked out of the Golden State Warriors vs. Milwaukee Bucks game Tuesday night at the Fiserv Forum after speaking to Draymond Green.
When Giannis Antetokounmpo called for two free throws in the third quarter with 6:30 left to eventually win 128-111 bucks, a fan with courtside seats berated Green.
According to the Warriors forward, the fan said “some threatening things to my life”.
Green responded to the fan several times before running back to the other end of the court as play resumed. He said he almost got more into the fan but managed to keep his composure.
At the next stoppage – two free throws by Stephen Curry at the 5:19 mark – Green informed a referee what had happened. The referee got security and the fan was escorted out of the game.
In a later statement, the Bucks said the sacking was “under the umpire’s digression” and that they are “researching the situation and we are consulting with the NBA.”
Green, meanwhile, opened up about what happened and how he dealt with it.
“Some people look at NBA players like they’re superhuman,” he said. “That they are this larger than life character. So you come and get someone to say something back and they get a fine. They go home and laugh with their buddies.
“I think it’s just one of those things, if you can hold it and get to the referee and get him out, it’s great.”
On Tuesday, Green had an incident with a fan, not the first time this season. A little over a week ago, he was fined $25,000 for a verbal altercation with a fan in Dallas.
Following that Nov. 29 incident, Green told ESPN he wasn’t sure what else the league could do to ensure good fan behavior and keep players safe.
On Tuesday, he echoed that sentiment but made it clear that he knows this is not an issue the league ignores. Where he has trouble with the NBA is when “they jump and they fine guys for saying something back… I think when you see guys getting fined it’s more often a license for more people to do it.” .”
Green said he believes it would take something or someone outside of the NBA to bring about real change in terms of fan decorum.
“There are no real consequences,” Green said. “Yeah, you can’t go back to the game, or even if you get arrested, nothing really happens… You’re just hoping it gets to a point where these leagues can work with lawmakers to implement legislation, because that’s it Only that will really fix the problem.”
ESPN’s Jamal Collier contributed to this report.