Draymond Green Arrested; Will He Face Suspension From Rio Olympics?

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Draymond Green
Draymond Green Rio Olympics

NBA All-Star Draymond Green?s arrest on Sunday for public misdemeanor has put into question his participation in the Summer Rio Olympics coming up next month. The Golden State Warriors power forward was selected to the 12-player U.S. basketball team last month.

Green was arrested for public misdemeanor early Sunday morning in East Lansing, Michigan. The police said Green was arrested on assault charges at an East Lansing restaurant, Conrad?s Grill, following an altercation with another man.

?It was basically an altercation between two guys,? police told ESPN. ?There’s no injuries. He was released with a $200 bond on Sunday.?

Sources have claimed that Green did in fact slap a fan who was taunting him over the Warriors recent loss in the NBA Finals to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Green is now scheduled for arraignment on July 20. If convicted, he would face a maximum of 93 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Green?s arraignment schedule is in conflict with the U.S. Olympic team?s training camp in Las Vegas that is set to take place from July 18-21. This in turn has put him at odds with the U.S.A Basketball, the governing body for the American basketball Olympic team. They, however, did not reveal if Green will be suspended from the national basketball team.

?USA Basketball is aware of this news,? the organization said in a statement Monday. ?At this point, we are collecting all related information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.?

Klay Thompson

Klay Thompson

However, according to DetroitNews, it is highly unlikely that Green will be suspended from the team for such a minor incident. Craig Miller, chief communications officer for USA Basketball, said he wasn?t aware of a player ever being dismissed from the U.S. national team.

So it seems Green will most likely still be participating in the 2016 Summer Olympic Games which will be held from August 5-21 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Alongside Green in the 2016 U.S. Olympic basketball team are his Warriors teammates Harrison Barnes, Klay Thompson and Kevin Durant. Other players in the team are Jimmy Butler (Chicago Bulls); DeMarcus Cousins (Sacramento Kings); DeMar DeRozan (Toronto Raptors); Paul George (Indiana Pacers); Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers); DeAndre Jordan (Los Angeles Clippers) and Kyle Lowry (Toronto Raptors).

Kevin Durant

Kevin Durant

The U.S.A. National Team will be looking to win its third consecutive Olympic title in the 2016 men?s basketball competition. The 12 nations that qualified for the Olympic basketball competition include the host country, Brazil; the United States, which earned its berth by virtue of claiming the gold medal at the 2014 FIBA World Cup; Africa zone champ Nigeria; Venezuela (gold medalist) and Argentina (silver medalist) from FIBA Americas; FIBA Asia gold medalist China; Spain (gold medalist) and Lithuania (silver medalist) from FIBA Europe; and FIBA Oceania gold medalist Australia.

Serbia, Croatia and France recently secured their entries for the Summer Games in Brazil by virtue of winning the Olympic Qualifying Tournaments held in Belgrade Serbia, Turin Italy and Manila Philippines, respectively.

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