Draymond Green is one of the more likely candidates in the NBA to get an earful from opposing fans. But the former Michigan State star said that a few times in his career, he has heard racist, hate-filled language and has been called the N-word.
Earlier in the week, Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles said he was called the N-word multiple times by Boston Red Sox fans. It has sparked a conversation about fan behavior in baseball and beyond.
Green was asked about the subject in a piece by Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.
“I’ve gotten the N-word, all of that. I’d rather not get into [where]. A few places, especially being that it is me. Athletes are just not protected in that regard. Maybe something like [the Adam Jones indicent] will help,” Green said.
He added: “Cheer for your team. Do what you want. But if I’m playing in the game and you’re cheering for your team, it doesn’t give you the right to say whatever you want to say to me. This is my job, and I can’t go to your job and say whatever I want to you. If I went to someone else’s job and said whatever I wanted to say, I’d get arrested for harassment.”
Green and teammate Stephen Curry are quoted in the story, which shines a light on just how common racist remarks from the stands can be.
The former Spartans player is in his fifth season with the Golden State Warriors, who are looking to win their second NBA title in three seasons.