Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green became annoyed and upset with a subject matter far more important than the team’s loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, a bad call or his own play.
The Warriors’ outspoken star became increasingly vocal about supporters of President Donald Trump rioting at the Capitol on Wednesday and contending the election of Joe Biden was rigged.
"It’s shameful to keep calling them protestors," Green said. "They’re not (expletive) protestors. They’re (expletive) terrorists."
Green also drew a contrast between how the rioters at the Capitol were treated by law enforcement and how Black people protesting systemic racism over the summer were.
"It’s baffling with the reaction that the law enforcement had and whoever else was involved from a authoritarian standpoint to see the National Guard standing on those same steps when there was a peaceful protest and now to see a terrorist attack and there was no National Guard," Green said. "It just goes to show you where this country is and where this country has always been and probably where it’s going to stay, to be quite honest. Nothing’s changed. I think through social media and all of these different things we have at our fingertips today, we’re more aware of things. But nothing has changed. This is the same America that it’s been. It’s no different."
Draymond Green did not mince words when talking about pro-Trump rioters storming the Capitol building. (Photo: Tony Avelar, AP)
The most recent example? Green pointed out that Kenosha police did not face criminal charges this week, five months after shooting seven times at Jacob Blake, a Black man who was paralyzed in the shooting.
"It’s almost a slap in the face and almost a '(expletive) you' to every Black person in America who goes through these things," Green said. "It’s almost like they want to show you they have power and want to show you I can say '(expletive) you and there is nothing you can do about it.' And so that’s just what this country is and what this country’s been and probably where this country will stay."
Green has participated in "More Than a Vote," which became instrumental in improving voter turnout in the Black community both for the presidential election two months ago and the Georgia Senate run-off elections this week. Green is also among NBA stars who have criticized Trump for his divisive rhetoric. But Green argued the NBA’s platform has its limits, arguing, "at some point, we need lawmakers to change laws."
"The policing system was built against Black people, Black and Brown people," Green said. "That’s the reason someone can walk or run or bust their way through into the Speaker of the House’s office and put their feet on the desk like they’re sitting at home on their couch and nothing happens. Stop calling those people protestors. They’re terrorists. They’re not protestors. Protestors is what you saw when we saw 500 National Guard members standing on those same steps when there were Black and Brown people saying, 'We want to be treated equally.' That’s a protest. Storming into a building and busting out windows and carrying podiums and all of this other stuff, that’s not a protest. That’s a terrorist attack. So stop describing those people the same way you describe someone who’s just standing there making a chant and saying, 'We want justice, we want peace.' Stop using the same words. It’s disrespectful. It’s ridiculous."
Still, Green did not advocate for police using force against rioters.
"I’ve seen a lot of things like, 'Shoot them the way we would’ve been shot.' I don’t think that’s the right thing to do. I think, 'Stop shooting us,' " Green said. "I think that’s more the battle cry than necessarily shoot them like we would’ve been shot. Just stop shooting us."
Because of the events, the Warriors and Clippers knelt during the national anthem before Wednesday’s game. So did the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics. Yet, Los Angeles forward Marcus Morris believed the Warriors and Clippers should not have played their game.
"I don’t think the game should’ve been canceled. We have a job to do just like everyone else," Green said. "If we’re not canceling school and everyone else’s work, then our's don’t need to be canceled. That’s not the answer. No disrespect to Marcus by the way. That’s his opinion. We’re all entitled to our own opinion. So no disrespect to him and his opinion. My opinion is just a little bit different. I think there’s always this cry on, 'Cancel the NBA game, protest the game, don’t go play.' But if we’re going to protest these games and not go play, then everyone in America has to be on the same thing. It just can’t be, 'The NBA canceled the game and they didn’t play and everyone else just go to work.' That’s not the answer."
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