Draymond Green is by no means shy when it comes to speaking his mind. The former Defensive Player Of The Year has been outspoken on many occasions on a number of topics. But the topic that he caught the most flack for was his criticism of the media.
Over the last few years, Green has used his platform to speak out on his problems with sports media. And those in the media haven’t always responded well to his comments.
This outspoken criticism has played a huge role in how they treat other stories surrounding Green.
For example, Green was most recently under fire for his interview with Kevin Durant. In the interview, he blamed Steve Kerr and the Warriors organization for not handling the spat between him and KD properly.
Many analysts in the basketball world felt that he was not taking accountability for his own actions.
But Green actually relishes this role as a media villain. In a recent interview with fellow NBA star Carmelo Anthony, Draymond Green talked about the media and why he gets frustrated with them.
Simply put, Green is unhappy with the fact that they get to hold players accountable for things they say and do, but face no repercussions for their own actions.
On top of that, there is frustration because Green doesn’t think they are right for the most part, but they get away with saying whatever they want.
“I love to call the media out on their wrong takes, the things that they say, or the narrative that they try to drive. I love to call them out because the moment we do something wrong, if you come out and you say, 'I’m guaranteeing this win' and you lose, they are going to play your sound by over and over and over again. If you come out, you do anything wrong, they’re going to hammer at that. But they can say anything and no one holds them accountable.”
“You can literally go on TV, on TNT, on ESPN, whatever and be deada** wrong. Then you just go back tomorrow and talk about something else. That’s some of the most backward sh*t to me. That’s bullsh*t… The moment I said something wrong, everybody was on my a**. I’m like no, hell no. But the moment you call them out… they get real sensitive and I enjoy seeing sh*t from that side. You should also know how that feels… No love lost.”
Because of his limited offensive contribution, Green gets overlooked for the significant role he played in the Warriors’ dynasty.
But he was the defensive enforcer for the Dubs, and played a big role in them winning 3 NBA Championships and reaching 5 consecutive NBA Finals between 2014 and 2019.
With Draymond’s style of play, it comes as no surprise that he is one of the most polarizing figures in the NBA today. And while one can question what he says off the court, his credentials on the court are beyond questioning.