In their most recent game, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors stomped on Domantas Sabonis in WWE style. Imitating WWE moves aren’t an uncommon thing, with kids and other people alike copying the moves of famous WWE superstars. It’s a common thing when kids try to imitate the moves of their favorite wrestlers. But it’s a whole different thing to have an NBA player such as Draymond Green use a WWE move on his opponent in the middle of a game.
WWE usually takes a good amount of precaution so as to not set bad examples for others to follow. They even banned Seth Rollins‘ “curb stomp” finisher move once so that kids won’t literally stomp other people’s heads into the ground. Rollins however, brought back the move a few years ago. Now it looks like WWE was right to ban the move, as it inspired an NBA player, Draymond Green to stomp on the Sacramento King’s forward, Domantas Sabonis’ chest.
Draymond Green, who is the forward of the Golden State Warriors, was ejected from the match after stomping on Domantas Sabonis’ chest when the Sacramento King’s forward fell on the floor and grabbed Green’s leg. He said the following after being ejected:
“My leg got grabbed, second time in two nights,” Green said. “Referees just watch it. I gotta land my foot somewhere, and I’m not the most flexible person so it’s not stretching that far. I can only step so far and pulling my leg away, so it is what it is.”
Green further stated that the explanation given to him by the officials for his ejection was that he “stomped too hard”. What really happened in the match was that Malik Monk missed a floater. In the chaos that ensued for the rebound, Sabonis was knocked to the floor. Sabonis for some reason grabbed onto Green’s leg. It is to be noted that this play is not allowed in the match. As a result, Draymond Green got pissed off and deliberately stomped on him, similar to Seth Rollins’ finisher, The Stomp.
As Sabonis was writhing in pain on the floor, referees went to check on him. They issued a technical to Sabonis and a Flagrant 2 foul to Green, which meant automatic ejection. Golden State Warriors ended up losing to Sacramento Kings with a score of 106-114.
How did Sabonis react to Draymond Green stomping on him?
It is to be noted that it wasn’t the first altercation between the two men. At the end of Game 1, Draymond Green sat on Sabonis to prevent the player from getting back to the game.
In his post-match interview, Domantas Sabonis actually didn’t participate in the whole drama. He dismissed the whole thing as just an accident and said, “We fell on each other, stuff happens, it’s basketball, we gotta move on, next play.”
The whole incident was pretty bizarre. It was a weird way of Draymond Green paying homage to Seth Rollins by stomping on his opponent.