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Draymond Green to avoid jail time after reaching plea deal

Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green answers questions before practice for Game 6 of the NBA basketball Finals, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green will avoid jail time after reaching a plea agreement with reduced charges for allegedly slapping a Michigan State football player, officials announced Friday.

The plea deal reduces the charges to a noise violation, a civil infraction, which carries a penalty of a $500 fine and $60 in jail restitution. Green was facing a charge of misdemeanor assault or misdemeanor assault and battery.
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Green, a Michigan State graduate, got into an altercation with former Spartan football player Jermaine Edmondson outside an East Lansing restaurant on July 10. Green was accused of slapping Edmondson.

Edmondson, who played defensive back for the Spartans, was released from the school on July 13. In a statement announcing the release, football coach Mark Dantonio said Edmondson wanted to play a larger role on the team and felt it was in his best interest to finish his playing career elsewhere.

Green, 26, is in Las Vegas with the USA basketball team preparing for the Olympics, which begin in Rio on Aug. 5. The basketball competition is slated for Aug. 6-21.

He appeared in 81 games for the Warriors last season and started 23 games in Golden State's playoff run to the NBA Finals, where they lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers in seven games. He missed Game 5 of the Finals for an accumulation of flagrant fouls throughout the postseason.

Green played four seasons for Michigan State under coach Tom Izzo.

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