Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green is facing a civil suit from former Michigan State player Jermaine Edmondson regarding an alleged bar incident in the summer of 2016.
Edmondson and his girlfriend Bianca Williams were accompanied by attorney Lisa Bloom at a news conference on Tuesday morning announcing the suit. Edmondson, who transferred from Michigan State after the alleged altercation, said he wakes up in tears sometimes because of the incident.
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“I think about what happened with Draymond every day,” Edmondson said. “I still feel his hand on my jaw. There are nights when I wake up crying. I don’t understand why my name has been turned into this joke. And he gets all the credit for being a superstar and standing up for a woman.”
Bloom previously held a news conference with comedian Kathy Griffin in June after the backlash Griffin received from her faux-bloody skit involving President Donald Trump.
In July of 2016, Edmondson said that Green hit him in the face after an encounter with the NBA player for a second-straight night. He said in his statement to police last year that during the first night two men with Green choked him and another man choked his girlfriend.
The second night, he and his girlfriend were out for his birthday and they returned to the same establishment where the first incident occurred. He said Green came over to the couple and looked over his girlfriend.
He said he then confronted Green and said the previous night “wasn’t cool.” The discussion then allegedly escalated to the point where Green punched him in the face “in front of all my peers and friends.”
The initial police report after the incident said the contact was described as an open-hand slap by others and that Edmondson refused treatment at the scene for injuries sustained in the hit.
In a statement, Green referenced “misinformation” from Tuesday’s news conference.
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“This lawsuit relates to an incident that occurred in East Lansing, Michigan, over a year ago, for which Draymond paid a noise violation fine. Draymond looks forward to defending himself and clearing up the misinformation put forth today.”
Green was arrested after the second altercation — when he allegedly hit Edmondson — and the police report said he expressed remorse for hitting Edmondson. He ultimately paid a fine of $560 and agreed to have no contact with Edmondson for a year after reaching a plea deal. The deal reduced Green’s charges to a noise violation from misdemeanor assault.
In the days after the incident, the school announced Edmondson’s transfer. He was set to be a redshirt senior in 2016.
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