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Tristan Thompson ‘punches Draymond Green’ in LeBron James’ ESPY Awards after-party altercation, according to reports

Multiple reports claim Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson initiated a physical scuffle with Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green at LeBron James’ ESPY Awards after-party in July

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 2:43pm
UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 August, 2018, 10:58pm

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Tristan Thompson and Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green had a physical altercation at an exclusive after-party held by new Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, according to reports.

Thompson “socked Green with a two-piece” – meaning a one-two combination of punches – at swanky West Hollywood restaurant Delilah after the ESPY Awards on July 18, according to entertainment news site Bossip, in what appears to be a follow-up to their bad blood stemming from the 2018 NBA Finals in June.

Marcus Thompson of sports news website The Athletic also reported on the incident on Wednesday, citing a source who said “it wasn’t really a punch, it was more like a shove”, but that Green was “incensed” either way.

James – who announced his decision to leave his hometown Cavs after four seasons on July 2 – reportedly stepped in to calm the situation along with NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant.

Green, 28, reportedly approached the Cavs’ Thompson, 27, at the exclusive party – where cameras and phones were prohibited – to apologise for the fiery Finals incident, which saw Thompson shove a basketball into Green’s face after being ejected in overtime of game one.

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Green had sarcastically clapped and gestured for Thompson to leave the court, and things have been getting heated on social media between the pair ever since.

After rumours of the fight emerged, apparent eyewitness Jason McIntyre of ABC’s The Big Lead reported on Twitter what he had seen.

There have been no reports of injuries or police involvement. The two players reportedly calmed down and coexisted for the rest of the evening.

At a post-game one media scrum, Green had said “I can meet him in the street any day” before opting not to shake hands with Thompson after game four.

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During the Warriors’ championship parade after they swept Cleveland 4-0 to win the 2018 NBA Finals in June, Green referenced the incident in an interview.

“He tried to shake my hand, I said, ‘Tristan, we ain’t cut the same’,” Green said.

There has been a history of bad blood between the Warriors and the Cavs over the last few years, with the teams sharing the last four NBA titles.

The Cavs trolled Golden State with the decorations at James’ 2016 Halloween party, where the bass drum of a drum kit bore the words “3-1 lead” in reference to their epic comeback from 3-1 down to win the 2016 Finals 4-3. There were also tombstone biscuits for Klay Thompson and Stephen Curry.