What Happened to Draymond Green? Warriors Star's Ejection 'A Mistake,' Says Steve Kerr

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green was bizarrely ejected from his team's loss against the New York Knicks on Thursday night for berating a teammate, a decision that game officials have since admitted was wrong.

Second-year referee John Butler ejected Green with 1:04 left in the second quarter of the Warriors' 119-104 home loss after the three-time NBA champion was sanctioned with a second technical foul. Green was assessed with his first technical of the game earlier in the second quarter for arguing with the officials, before receiving a second technical foul in strange circumstances.

A pass intended for James Wiseman resulted in the Warriors turning the ball over, which in turn led to Green vent his frustration to his rookie teammate as the Knicks regained possession and the action moved down the court.

By the time the ball was in Golden State's half of the court, Butler blew his whistle and assessed Green with his second technical, ejecting him from the game much to the dismay of everyone involved.

Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and his players pleaded with officials to reverse the decision, explaining Green's angry outburst was aimed at Wiseman and not at the officials. The ejection, however, stood, and the Warriors forward walked back to the locker room looking bemused.

Draymond just got ejected 🤬 pic.twitter.com/Lf8YU7aDcN

— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 22, 2021

After the game, Kerr acknowledged Ben Taylor—the game's crew chief—had admitted Butler had got his call wrong

"At halftime Ben Taylor came out and told me that it was a mistake," Kerr said. "That John Butler didn't realize that Draymond was yelling at his teammate. He thought he was yelling at him."

Speaking after the game, Green suggested officials should be allowed to reverse a decision such as ejecting a player upon realizing they have made the wrong call.

"I'm just a bit confused," he told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

"Officials can meet and make a decision on any call throughout the game, but when it comes to a technical that was clearly the wrong call, due to an official assuming I was talking to him when in fact I wasn't, that can't be overturned?

"Maybe it's time to take a look at that rule. I would love clarity on why that's the rule, if in fact it is a rule."

Steve Kerr said NBA ref Ben Taylor told him at halftime that officials made a "mistake" when they ejected Draymond Green. pic.twitter.com/JiuulXztLd

— Warriors on NBCS (@NBCSWarriors) January 22, 2021

Green is not new to rants during games but Wiseman, who has previously been on the receiving end of a tirade from the three-time All-Star this season, admitted he was at fault for the turnover. Like his teammates, however, he was also left puzzled by Taylor's decision to assess Green for a second technical.

"I don't understand the situation, like why the ref did that, but I guess it's basketball," he explained.

"But I was confused myself as well. [...] That was kind of weird. That was a weird moment."

Without their star forward, the Warriors saw a two-game winning streak come to an end and slipped to 8-7 for the season. They are currently seventh in the Western Conference standings, 3.5 games behind the Los Angeles Lakers.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors
Draymond Green #23 of the Golden State Warriors looks on against the LA Clippers during the second half of an NBA basketball game at Chase Center on January 8 in San Francisco, California. Thearon W. Henderson/Getty