Gerald Green returned to practice Saturday and gave his first public comments since a bizarre Nov. 4 incident in which he punched a man, was handcuffed and later hospitalized.
Green says the situation that day was "an incident I'm ashamed of," according to the Palm Beach Post. He added, "I'm deeply saddened by what happened (and) ready to move on."
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The 6-7 swing player, who signed with the Heat in the offseason, was suspended for two games by the team for detrimental conduct following that Nov. 4 incident. That day, Green showed up at his Miami apartment building with bloody hands and asked a clerk to call paramedics. After walking outside, he collapsed. A 911 caller reported he had passed out.
When Green returned to the building and tried to go upstairs to his apartment, an unidentified male stopped him and asked if he needed assistance.
According to a police report, Green then punched the man in the eye. Green later had to be handcuffed because after being combative with rescue workers.
Green entered the hospital for undisclosed reasons that day and was discharged Nov. 7. He has not played since Nov. 1.
Green apologized to the Heat, his family, "and most importantly to my fans for not being available for the four games I missed. I wasn't with my brothers while they're battling," he said.
Heat President Pat Riley told the Miami Herald this week he's confident Green will continue to be a valuable asset for the team.
"I just believe that we can (count on Green moving forward). I’ve been around this game for 48 years and he’s a really great kid, great athlete, can really shoot the ball," Riley said. "He’s explosive and we’re going to need him, and I think he’s going to show that to us."