And now, it appears we know why Miami Heat guard Gerald Green had to go to the hospital earlier this month, forcing him to miss a game against the Atlanta Hawks. As it turns out, that incident, which was not an illness as first believed, will net Green a suspension.
Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reports Green has been suspended for the next two games against the Los Angeles Lakers and Utah Jazz. The Miami Herald adds Green’s suspension is due to “conduct detrimental to the team,” but team president Pat Riley is calling it a “personal matter.”
However it’s being labeled, Green’s suspension stems from an early November incident in which he allegedly punched a man in the lobby of the condo where Green lives:
Green, 29, showed up at the front desk of his condo with bloody hands, asked a clerk to call paramedics, then walked outside into the valet area, where he collapsed.
Then Green recovered, walked back inside and punched someone in the eye who was trying to stop him from going back up to his apartment, the report says. The victim, though — a Hispanic male in his 30s who came to Green’s aid after he collapsed — chose not to press charges, police said.
TMZ initially reported of a “huge commotion” at Green’s condo with the NBA player “acting strange” and “screaming at the top of his lungs.” Despite the hubbub, Green was not arrested nor was he charged with any crime. Green has made three game appearances this year coming off the bench and is averaging 10.3 points per game.