Last July, Golden State lightning rod Draymond Green was arrested for assault and battery for allegedly striking former Michigan State football player Jermaine Edmondson in East Lansing, Michigan. At the time, Green settled this affair by paying the city $560 for a noise violation. Today, however, Edmondson has sued Green seeking unspecified damages for assault, battery, and infliction of emotional distress.
The lawsuit pulls no punches in regards to Green, beginning with some pretty harsh words for the NBA’s newly crowned Defensive Player of the Year:
Draymond Green is a bully. On the basketball court, he is famous for hitting players in the groin, kicking violently, and feigning shock every time a foul is called against him. Off the court, he drinks excessively, lashes out at reporters and other athletes on social media, and continues to complain about being overlooked in the first round of the 2012 NBA draft.
The complaint goes on to give Edmondson’s version of events from two separate incidents on July 8 and July 10, 2016. On the first night, the lawsuit claims that Green bumped into Edmondson at Rick’s American Cafe, a nightclub in East Lansing. After the pair exchanged words, Green instructed his “bodyguards” to attack Edmondson. From the complaint:
The two men grabbed Mr. Edmondson, and pushed him up against a wall. They were both bigger than Mr. Edmondson, and together they held him against the wall and choked him so that he could not move. Mr. Green did nothing to stop the attack.
The lawsuit goes on to say that as Edmondson’s girlfriend, Bianca Williams, attempted to stop the attack, she was assaulted as well:
Ms. Williams, who was by the exit, heard the commotion and saw the two men choking Mr. Edmondson. She tried to get to him, and screamed, “please stop! That’s my boyfriend!”One of the men turned around and said, “I don’t give a fuck who he is,” and grabbed her by the neck. He pushed her, by her neck, into a wall. Mr. Green did not do anything to stop this vicious attack on a 21-year-old woman conducted on his behalf right in front of him.
During a night out the following day, Edmondson and Williams ran into Green again early in the morning of July 10, this time at Conrad’s, a late-night food spot. The lawsuit again paints Green as the aggressor as Edmondson tried to make peace outside the restaurant:
Mr. Green started poking Mr. Edmondson in the shoulder goadingly. Mr. Edmondson told him that there were was no need to get physical. In response, Mr. Green hit Mr. Edmondson in the face.
Police heard the altercation and arrested Green, who settled the charges a couple of weeks later.
Edmondson was granted release from the MSU football program upon Edmondson’s own request a few days after Green’s arrest. The lawsuit claims that both he and Williams faced continuing harassment and ridicule on campus after the news became public. In a press conference today, Edmondson spoke about the continuing effect that the incident has had on his life.
“I think about what happened with Draymond every day,” Edmondson said. “I still feel his hand on my jaw.”
Better his hand on your jaw, though, than his foot ... elsewhere.
The lawsuit, in full, is below.