Pool Report on the Flagrant Foul Penalty 2 Issued to Golden State’s Draymond Green in the Second Quarter of the Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies Game

The Pool Report interview was conducted by Damichael Cole (The Commercial Appeal) with Crew Chief Kane Fitzgerald following today’s Golden State Warriors at Memphis Grizzlies game.

 QUESTION: Why was Draymond Green’s ejection deemed a flagrant two foul?

FITZGERALD: Because the contact in total was considered unnecessary and excessive which leads to a flagrant foul penalty two and ejection.

QUESTION:  What did you see that made the call a flagrant two instead of a flagrant one?

FITZGERALD:  Well, there’s a couple things. The first part was the wind up and significant contact to the face, and then the pull down from the jersey grab and throw down to the floor to an airborne vulnerable player makes that unnecessary and excessive. That’s what led to the flagrant foul penalty two.