NBA star Draymond Green’s pre-trial conference has been scheduled for next week, before he leaves for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
The incident that led to Sunday’s arrest involved the former MSU All-American and member of the U.S. Men’s Olympic Basketball Team allegedly attacking Jermaine Edmondson, a member of the MSU football team.
As reported by Lansing State Journal, Green faces a charge of misdemeanor assault or assault and battery. Although his pre-trial conference was originally scheduled for August 4, his attorney placed a request on Wednesday asking that the conference be pulled to July 21. Green will be leaving to participate in the Rio Olympics, and therefore, it will be difficult for him to communicate with his lawyer and the court.
The police report says at least two officers were witnesses to the altercation that involved Green slapping Edmondson outside of Conrad’s bar in East Lansing on July 10. “The sound of the slap was very loud,” one officer said.
According to TMZ, Edmondson was with his girlfriend when Green bumped into him. Edmondson told Green, “Hey bro, you can at least say ‘Excuse me’.”
In response, Green said, “Do you know who I am?” before going on to add, “I pay for ****** like you scholarships.”
Green’s associates started choking Edmondson and, as Edmondson later noticed, his girlfriend as well. The couple left the bar without reporting the incident to the police; they returned the next day to celebrate Edmondson’s birthday.
Edmondson bumped into Green the following day as well. He said that he told Green that “last night wasn’t cool,” after which Green started poking him on the shoulder. When Edmondson told Green not to do it, he was “punched” in the jaw. When police officers arrived, Edmondson said his face and neck were hurting, and he wanted to take further action against his attacker.
Green was subsequently arrested and found to have a .10 blood alcohol level. Green admitted his actions and said he was sorry.
As a member of the Olympic basketball team, Green will take part in training sessions and exhibition games scheduled for from July 18 until August 1. The basketball competition in the Olympics schedule is set for August 6 until 21.