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That of Stephen Curry leadership is apparently in question.

After Draymond Green was sent off during a game Wednesday, ESPN host Jay Williams said he was receiving messages from “high-level people” concerned about the four-time champion’s leadership.

“I get texts from people who really like their decision, high-level people, and what those texts read is, ‘Well, what about Steph Curry’s leadership?’ That’s where these conversations are going,” Williams said on ESPN’s “First Take.”

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Draymond Green (23) of the Golden State Warriors shouts at game official Ray Acosta (54) as teammate Stephen Curry (30) intervenes during action against the Orlando Magic at the Kia Center on Wednesday, March 27, 2024, in Orlando, in Florida. (Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

Curry was emotional after Green’s ejection. Curry’s eyes grew misty and he covered his face with his jersey. However, Williams said people blamed him for “not controlling Draymond.”

“So in my brain, the way I deal with it, because I know Steph, I’ve spent time with Steph. Because he’s one of the most competitive guys you’ll ever meet, Draymond Green diminishes the ultimate legacy of how people “We look at the leadership of Stephen Curry. This is what is happening right now. “

Green, who had already served two suspensions earlier this season, received two technical fouls after arguing with an official, prompting the automatic ejection less than four minutes into Wednesday’s game against the Magic of Orlando.

Paolo Banchero converted an and-one to make it a 6-6 Central Florida game, but, apparently, Green wasn’t a fan of something happening on the court. We don’t know exactly what he was saying. Green was later called for a technical issue, but he continued to talk, even with teammates and coaches trying to get him back on the bench. After being seen calling the referee an “asshole”, he was given a second technical foul.

Draymond argues

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) reacts toward a referee during a game against the Miami Heat during the fourth quarter at Kaseya Center. (Sam Navarro/USA Today Sports)

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“This can’t be happening. I said what I said.” Green spoke about the eviction on his podcast. “I deserved to be sent off at that moment. I would have liked to turn my body, tilt it and go to the bench. But yeah, that just can’t happen.”

The expulsion came the day after Green was penalized for a serious foul on Patty Mills. Green dropped his pick but appeared brings his arm close to Mills’ neck area, causing Mills to fall in court.

Green has had multiple outbursts that resulted in physical altercations over the past year and a half. Green hit his teammate Jordan Poole in the face during training camp before the 2022-23 season and was suspended for one game during the 2023 playoffs for stomping on the chest of Sacramento Kings forward Domantas Sabonis.

Draymond facing the referee

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green (23) argues with referee Nick Buchert (3) during a game against the Washington Wizards in the second half at Capital One Arena. (Brad Mills/USA Today Sports)

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Earlier this season, he was suspended five games for choking Rudy Gobert. Shortly after his return, he savagely punched Jusuf Nurkic in the face, prompting an indefinite suspension. He ended up missing 15 games.

Curry hit a three-dagger to give the Warriors a well-deserved victory on Wednesday, and they still hold the 10th seed in the Western Conference.

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