Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has long been one of the more outspoken players in the NBA and it looks like it has resulted in him being added to their roster of contributors on Friday.
CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent, Jake Tapper, announced Friday that Green has joined the network as a contributor. Green, 30, has made numerous media appearances, including multiple guest stints as an analyst for the “NBA on TNT” studio show.
Green has been adamant that the NBA season should not be shut down and thinks the players would be surrendering their microphone if they all went home. Instead he has advised the players that they should play on while continuing to fight for social and racial justice.
His focus on voter suppression and the need for NBA players to continue contributing to their communities was especially effective.
Golden State Warriors’ Draymond Green says the NBA should keep playing.
“If we leave our stage and we drop our microphone, we could no longer speak for these people that we are speaking for … We’re taking resources away from ourselves to be able to continue this fight.” pic.twitter.com/nfb1Ty9BNQ
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“I’m extremely proud of what my brothers in the bubble have accomplished over the last few days,” Green said, pointing to the social justice coalition, civic engagement ads and the voting centers that are being set up in arenas in response to the strikes.
“When I look at that, the NBA has been leading this cause. I am proud to be a part of that and continue trying to help where we can.”
Draymond made his fist appearance talking about the current state of the NBA — which is set to resume its postseason on Saturday after a walkout earlier this week in response to the Jacob Blake shooting in Wisconsin.
Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot in the back several times by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police as he tried to get into his car and has been left partially paralyzed.
“It’s holding these cops accountable that are killing unarmed Black people for no apparent reasons. They’re protected by all of these laws and they’re protected by these unions. That’s ridiculous,” he said. “Let’s change some of these laws, let’s stop the voter suppression taking up USPS (U.S. Postal Service) mailboxes.”
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The outspoken Green, who also has appeared as an analyst on TNT during the postseason, will appear periodically on CNN to discuss hotly contested topics in the basketball world.
Draymond Green will be hoping to be back on the court when the 2020-21 NBA season begins after the end of this season in the Orlando bubble.