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"I’m not going to sit up here and act like I didn’t touch a lot of people up!" - Shaquille O'Neal shares his thoughts about Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole

O'Neal said that the only way the Warriors can resolve the issue between Green and Poole is if they both never lose respect for each other and stay professional.
Shaquille O'Neal, Draymond Green, and Jordan Poole

Shaquille O'Neal, Draymond Green, and Jordan Poole

It’s been three weeks since the video of Draymond Green punching Jordan Poole leaked and surfaced on the internet. It was one of the most controversial topics in the offseason and continues to be discussed today. Of course, on the Warriors’ Ring Night Ceremony and season opener, the incident was once again the trending topic for the media as Shaquille O’Neal shared his two cents on Green’s incident.

Shaq said that incidents like this are not rare

According to O’Neal, who revealed that he also had his fair share of incidents like this during his career, the drama between Green and Poole often happens in championship teams. The 4-time champion said disagreements and altercations are something that people from the outside never see, but in reality, it’s a common theme that takes place behind the scenes.

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“I think people need to understand and realize that, for example in by an hour or two hours you’re going to go to a ring ceremony and everybody’s gonna be laughing and have a good time, that’s not what it’s like to win a championship. You may think it is but you’re going to have arguments, you’re going to have fights, you’re going to have secret meetings, you’re going to call people out, these things happen. Tonsils happen, fights happen, and I’m not going to sit up here and act like I didn’t touch a lot of people up. I punched a lot of people up back in my years…,” O’Neal said on NBA TNT.

The respect factor will make or break the Warriors

Based on O’Neal’s experience, he said that at the end of the day, it boils down to the respect factor between the team. The only way the Warriors can resolve the issue between Green and Poole is if they never lose respect for each other and stay professional. O’Neal believes that the Warriors, who have such a strong team culture, will eventually withstand and move on from this in no time.

“ … Draymond is a player that plays on the edge, so I’m not going to critique what he did because I know for a fact it happens and I also know for a fact winning a championship is not la la la la la you’re going to have fights, you’re going to have arguments, you’re gonna call people back, you’re going to have disagreements. Now, if the respect factor was lost, they’ll never win again….,” O’Neal added.

Both Green and Poole have already gone on record to say that they’re working on moving past the unfortunate incident. They both have the same goal of bringing another (or more) championship to The Bay, so they will stay professional and work towards doing just that. The last thing the Warriors want is to allow this dramatic incident to ruin their chances of extending their dynasty and staying on top of the basketball world. 

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