Draymond Green is currently living two lives: as a basketball player and podcast host. He’s doing great in both; however, he learned some things that are not meant to be said as part of the New Media.
Joe Dumars, Adam Silver talk
Green started his podcast and used it to talk about basketball, analyze games, and fire back at those “old heads” representing the Old Media. Draymond, Skip Bayless, and Kendrick Perkins have been going at it, but the Golden State Warriors forward stepped out of bounds in one of his videos.
Green called Perkins a “coon” which is a racial term. In his latest podcast, Draymond addressed the issue and held himself accountable for that mistake. Growing up in Saginaw, Michigan, he claimed that he and his friends used the term among themselves. But it’s a different context now because not everyone grew up in the same environment, and getting it aired on a podcast where people from all walks of life could listen, there’s a real chance the term could inflict hurt without him intending to.
“Everyone didn’t grow up in Saginaw, Michigan. Everyone didn’t grow up with my friends. This is such a huge moment of growth and learning for me. Being a rookie in this business, and understanding that that word may not mean the same thing to everyone. As someone who stands against racism, I can admit right here that I was wrong. And I’m so appreciative of the conversation that I had with Joe D and that I had with Adam.”
He met with Joe Dumars in New York and talked with Adam Silver, who Green claimed lasted 40 to 45 minutes. We could imagine how the conversation went.
Is it time to regulate active players’ podcasts?
Players have the right to produce their podcasts, but it’s different when they are still actively playing in the NBA. However, they are still part of an organization with rules and regulations, and the leagues' interests must be protected.
Former players JJ Redick, Quentin Richardson, and Darius Miles have more freedom in saying their opinions because they are no longer part of the NBA. But that doesn’t mean they should say whatever they want to say. But, as Draymond mentioned, he’s still learning the intricacies of podcasting, along with the dos and don’ts of it. So there are just some things you shouldn’t say, and admitting he crossed the line and acknowledging his fault is a step in the right direction.
African-Americans shouldn’t call each other words that have racial connotations to them. Green opened up the conversation, and maybe, other aspiring podcasters should take heed and learn the lesson here. Members of New Media or not, you have to be accountable for what you are saying because once it’s out there, you don’t have control over how people perceive and interpret it. So in the era of cancel culture, the NBA, as a global brand, should be more careful and remind players to think before speaking.