Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green made Chase Center history during Monday's loss to the Utah Jazz, becoming the first player ejected from a game in the new venue after arguing with an official.
The three-time All-Star was given a second technical foul for continuing to plead his case after disagreeing with a blocking call, but it seems Green's spat with the official went beyond just that foul.
"I disagreed with that call," Green told reporters postgame, including ESPN's Nick Friedell. "And I'm never going to be OK with another grown man telling me, 'Don't talk.' If you feel like you got the call wrong, or right, you don't tell me not to talk. I'm a grown man. I got my own kids. So that's what happened."
Green returned to the lineup after sitting out the previous five games due to a torn ligament in his left index finger. Golden State, a team still missing stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson, went 1-4 without the 2017 Defensive Player of the Year.
While head coach Steve Kerr is fine with Green standing up for himself, he doesn't believe the 29-year-old is doing himself or the team any favors by getting tossed.
"I don't know what (Green) said," said Kerr. "I thought it was a tough call. I thought it was a charge that was called a block, so it was a tough call. I don't know what he said, but we need him. One tech's fine; can't have two."
Golden State eventually fell 122-108 to the Jazz, and the club now owns the league's worst record at 2-9.