Lawyer claims Draymond Green is ‘completely innocent’ after nightclub arrest
Days after Draymond Green was arrested for allegedly slapping a fan at an East Lansing nightclub, his lawyer is proclaiming his innocence but not a whole lot else about what happened.
Green’s Lansing-based lawyer, James Heos, told the San Jose Mercury News that Green is “completely innocent,” adding, “Completely should be capitalized.” He then declined further comment to the Mercury News.
Heos’ request for waiver of arraignment on Green’s behalf was approved by an East Lansing District Court judge, per records filed Tuesday and accessed by MLive.com. The result will be that Green will not have to appear in an East Lansing court to be arraigned on the charge for assault.
The charge refers to an incident Sunday morning in which Green allegedly struck a fan outside a downtown East Lansing restaurant. Green was arrested at 2:28 a.m. Sunday morning and later released from jail on a $200 bond. If convicted, he could face a maximum penalty of $500 in fines and/or 90 days in jail.
Green has filed a plea of not guilty. His pretrial conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Aug. 4.
Green, 26, is slated to participate in Team USA training camp on July 18-21 in Las Vegas before the team competes in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 6-21.
A USA Basketball spokesman told MLive.com on Monday that there has been no change in Green’s status with the National Team.
Green, 26, is coming off the best season of his four-year professional career. He reached his first All-Star Game by averaging career highs of 14.5 points, 9.9 rebounds and 7.7 assists. He helped lead the Warriors to a record 73-9 regular season and a second straight appearance in the NBA Finals, where they lost in seven games to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The breakout campaign came after he inked a five-year extension worth $85 million with the Warriors.
Golden State selected Green at No. 35 overall in the 2012 draft. He spent the previous four seasons at Michigan State, where he finished with better than 1,500 career points and left as the Spartans’ all-time leading rebounder with 1,096.