Draymond Green faces a civil lawsuit over a July 2016 bar fight in East Lansing, Michigan, and it sounds like a celebrity witness will be chiming in.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Green’s fellow Michigan State alum Magic Johnson has been subpoenaed to testify, on request from plaintiff Jermaine Edmondson. Johnson’s involvement in Green’s case stems from a seemingly innocuous tweet sent shortly after Green was arrested. In that tweet, Johnson wrote that he had spoken with Green and that the Golden State forward “was very apologetic to the Warriors organization, fans and everyone involved.” Now it seems that Edmondson’s lawyers want to hear just how apologetic Green was for an incident he has tried to downplay.
Talked with my friend Draymond Green and he was very apologetic to the Warriors organization, fans and everyone involved.
— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) July 12, 2016
Green was initially charged with misdemeanor assault after allegedly slapping Edmondson outside an East Lansing bar/restaurant, but he wound up pleading to a noise violation and paying a small fine. Edmondson, who has said he wants Green “to admit what happened” sued Green in July, more than a year after the alleged incident. Johnson has been dragged in, apparently, for lack of other witnesses. Via the Free Press:
“This is a case in which there are few eyewitnesses other than the parties themselves. This means that it is especially important to find out what Mr. Green told others about what happened,” plaintiff attorney Lisa Bloom wrote in an email.
Per the Free Press, Johnson will be deposed Oct. 4 at a Lakers practice facility in Los Angeles. And although that doesn’t sound too inconvenient for him, he’s probably not thrilled to be testifying under oath against his friend. As always, folks, never tweet.
— Erik Malinowski (@erikmal) July 25, 2014