Joined by their Woodland Hills attorney, a former Michigan State University football player and his girlfriend announced a lawsuit Tuesday against Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, alleging his posse assaulted them in a Michigan bar last year, and that Green punched the ex-Spartan in the face the next night.
Speaking at a news conference at the office of attorney Lisa Bloom, Jermaine Edmondson and Bianca Williams described the two confrontations with Green, saying they were both grabbed the throat and shoved into a wall at a Michigan restaurant on July 9, 2016. When they saw Green again the next night at a different restaurant and approached him about what had happened, Edmondson said Green punched him in the face.
"I still feel his hand on my jaw," Edmondon said. "There are nights when I wake up crying."
Edmondson said the confrontation prompted him to leave MSU, and said his name was turned into a "joke" on the campus as a result of the run-in with Green.
"No one stood up for me. ... Even close friends that I thought would be in my wedding some day," he said.
Green was arrested when a police officer witnessed him striking Edmondson on July 10, 2016. He was charged with misdemeanor assault, but he struck a plea deal in which Green paid roughly $560 in fines and the charge was reduced to a civil infraction.
Green told ESPN on Monday he expected the lawsuit to be resolved.
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"I am just letting my attorneys handle the situation," Green told ESPN. "I am hopeful and confident this will be resolved soon."
Bloom said Green has a history of misbehavior, including on the court, saying he was fined more than $150,000 for "kicking and striking other players in the groin during games just last year."
"Unfortunately, he seems to have learned nothing from those sanctions," Bloom said, adding that Green "thinks that the rules don't apply to him."
She said Edmondson and Williams "were pushed up against the wall and choked with Mr. Green's friends' hands around their necks. ... Neither of them fought back or engaged in any violence whatsoever."
She said Williams spent that night "crying, in shock and in fear."
According to Bloom, when the couple ran into Green again the next night, Edmondson approached and "told him last night did not have to happen. My girl got choked. That was not cool," and Green responded by striking Edmondson in the face.
The Warriors released a statement to NBC Bay Area Tuesday regarding the lawsuit.
"This threatened lawsuit relates to an incident that occurred in East Lansing, Michigan over a year ago, for which Draymond paid a noise violation fine. The Warriors will have no further comment at this time," the statement read.
Green has previously been in hot water for posting an inappropriate picture on Snapchat, which he said was an accident because he pressed the wrong button on the app. He also faced backlash after posting a video of himself behind the wheel of a speeding BMW back in March 2016.
NBC4 has reached out to Green for comment.
NBC Bay Area's Pete Suratos contributed to this report.