USA Basketball reviewing Draymond Green’s arrest

Matt Charboneau, and Jonathan Oosting
The Detroit News
Draymond Green

East Lansing — Draymond Green’s arrest for misdemeanor assault in East Lansing on Sunday is being reviewed by USA Basketball, the governing body over the American Olympic team that will compete in the Rio Games next month.

Green, the former Michigan State forward who just finished his fourth season with the Golden State Warriors, is on the 12-player U.S. 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.”

Green was arrested at 2:28 a.m. near the intersection of Grand River and Abbot. He was taken into custody and released later Sunday on $200 bond.

His arraignment is currently scheduled for July 20, conflicting with the U.S. Olympic team’s camp in Las Vegas that is set to take place from July 18-21.

Peter Henning, a professor of criminal law at Wayne State University, said if Green’s case is still active, accommodations could be made for him to participate in the workouts, as well as travel out of the country when the Games take place from Aug. 5-21

“They can make an arrangement to make an initial appearance and he may not even have to be present for it,” Henning told The Detroit News. “This sounds fairly low level and so a judge is going to be able … they can make the necessary exceptions for him to be out of state and out of the country. So it’s unlikely that it would prevent him from participating in the Olympics.

“It would have to be something serious and even then he poses no risk of flight. That would be the concern with anybody leaving the country, that maybe they don’t come back. He has every reason to come back.”

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.

The only remotely similar case Miller could recall was when Charles Barkley was involved in an altercation at a bar in Cleveland as Team USA was on an exhibition tour heading into the 1996 Summer Games. Barkley remained on the team that won gold in Atlanta and was later found not guilty.

Green is set to appear before Judge Richard Ball and if convicted of assault or assault and battery, Green could face 93 days in jail, a $500 fine or both. Ball has been a 54B District judge since 1992.

Lt. Scott Wrigglesworth, East Lansing police department's public information officer, told The Detroit News Green was arrested after an altercation with another male in the early morning hours on Sunday as several area bars were closing for the night.

Wrigglesworth said the victim suffered no injuries. He would not say what type of assault allegedly took place.

Green, 26, did not immediately return messages for comment on Monday.

Green was at the Dublin Square pub and restaurant from roughly 12:45 to 1:30 a.m., said Nick Guerrant, an employee who was working the door that night. Green was traveling with a group of about five friends, Guerrant said, and was not involved in any altercations or arguments at that location.

Other bars near where Green was arrested had employees working who said they had not seen Green on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

“We are aware of news involving Draymond Green in Michigan over the weekend,” the Warriors said in a statement. “At this point, we are collecting information and will have no further comment until we have a better understanding of the situation.”

Green is coming off his first All-Star season with the Warriors, averaging 14 points, 9.5 rebounds and 7.4 assists a game. Following the 2015 season when Golden State won the NBA championship, Green signed a five-year, $85 million contract extension with the Warriors.

Later that summer, the Saginaw native donated $3.1 million to his alma mater, with $1 million going to the Draymond Green Strength and Conditioning Center at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center. The remaining $2.1 million will fund an endowment for the program to help pay for scholarships.

Green was a consensus All-American as a senior in 2012 after helping Michigan State to a pair of Final Four appearances and three Big Ten championships during his four-year career. He is the leading rebounder in program history with 1,096 and is one of three players in Michigan State history with 1,000 career points (1,517 points) and 1,000 career rebounds.