As Draymond Green is finding out firsthand, some lessons are learned the hard way.
Just two days after his arrest on assault charges in East Lansing, Mich., the former Michigan State and current Golden State Warriors forward appeared on a panel at a Fortune Magazine technology conference in Aspen, Colo. And it didn’t take long for the topic to come up, according to SFGate.com:
The moderator didn’t pull any punches regarding Sunday morning’s arrest, starting the discussion by asking Green, “What happened?”
“Um… well, you know when things happen, I think you meet them head on. My legal team is handling it,” said Green. “As a public figure, I just can’t put myself in certain situations. It’s something I learned from. And… just move on.”
It was the first public comments by Green since his arrest at 2:28 a.m. Sunday after an altercation with another man. The ex-Spartans standout was released on a $200 bond.
Green’s lawyer, James Heos, told The East Bay Times that Green is “completely innocent — ‘completely’ should be capitalized.”
The All-Pro forward was also asked about his Olympic aspirations as part of Team USA in a summer when many big names — in several big sports — are taking a pass on the Rio games. From SFGate:
“I’ve always wanted the opportunity,” said Green. “I played in the World University Games my last year in college, and I thought that was the last time I’d put on the USA jersey. Two summers ago… I was on the select team. Once I made the select team, I said why stop now. It’s become a reality. Other guys turn it down and I respect their decision.
“But I could also walk outside tomorrow and get hit by a bus, so … I’ll go play in the Olympics.”