Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green addresses his arrest for the first time

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News broke on Monday afternoon that Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green had been arrested over the weekend in Michigan, his home state, and the location of his alma mater; Michigan State.

The power forward was involved in an altercation at a restaurant in East Lansing, and having been arrested on assault charges, spoke about the incident for the first time at a Fortune Brainstorm Tech event in Aspen, Colorado, on Tuesday night.

Reports have suggested that the Warriors star - who came second in the Defensive Player of Year voting and was top ten in the race for Most Valuable Player in 2016 - took offence to a heckler and slapped him.

The 26-year-old insisted it was time for himself and his team to face the incident 'head on' and not shy away, saying: “When things happen, you meet them head on. My legal team is handling it. It will be resolved really quickly. As a public figure, I can't put myself in certain situations. It's something that I'll learn from and move on.”

Of course, Green knows he is in a position where he should not be allowing his emotions to cloud his judgement. However, it can happen to the best of people at times. The forward will learn from his mistake and come back stronger.

The Saginaw native waived his right to an arraignment after he was released on $200 bail and is still set to represent the United States of America in Rio de Janeiro when basketball at the 2016 Olympics tips off on August 6.

It seems his attention is focused solely on basketball and the dispute will be left to his legal team. With such a big tournament on the horizon, it is only right he has his head screwed on.

The All-Star has the chance to add a gold medal to his growing collection of accolades and it would go some way to easing the pain of surrendering a 3-1 lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Finals.

While the States are heavy favourites to win their third consecutive Olympic gold, playing with the Stars and Stripes on your chest brings an added element of pressure and the players will have to be locked in if they are to produce their best standard of basketball.

Green is expected to play a huge role in Brazil and will likely be a member of the starting five beside his new teammate in the Bay Area; Kevin Durant.

Having battled against the small forward during the Western Conference Finals, it will be his first taste of playing alongside the 2014 Most Valuable Player, and it could act as a dress rehearsal for the upcoming season. Throw Klay Thompson into the mix and the trio could really form an understanding in Rio.

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