Over the past couple of weeks, there have been multiple protestors storming the home floor of the Minnesota Timberwolves. It has now happened three times since the play-in tournament when the Timberwolves faced the Los Angeles Clippers last April 12.
These incidents have shocked the NBA community and derived several reactions, including one from Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, who believes that these protestors deserve to be penalized.
"They have to start prosecuting these people. Only a matter of time before someone hit them. Then the athlete gets sued," Green said via Twitter.
Why is this happening in the first place?
The first protestor hopped on the court during the play-in tournament by gluing herself on the floor. Then in game one of the first-round series between the Timberwolves and Memphis Grizzlies, another protestor chained herself to the basket. The Timberwolves' security did an impressive job in games two and three to prevent any protestor from flaming on the court but unfortunately, that didn't stop another one who tried to disguise as a referee from storming the court in game four.
"We heard that they were going to kill 5.3 million chickens on site and so we sent investigators to the farm to see what's going on and how they were killing them just to document what's going on. We found they were using really horrific method of killing animals which is called ventilation shutdown where they basically shut down all the airways in the barn, pump heat in the barn and the chickens are basically roasted alive. They compare it to (humans) dying in a hot car, it's an excruciating way to die," Alicia Santurio, the protestor who glued herself to the court, said.
It seems like this won't be the last time these protestors cause another scene to try to make another statement. These four protestors were from an animal rights group targeting Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who owns an egg farm that is allegedly involved in the mass killing of chickens due to the bird flu.
The pro-animal rights group wants their voices heard and believe that one way to do that is by catching the attention of the millions of fans watching the Timberwolves game around the globe.
Draymond's media career
All these protests were non-violent, so Draymond predicting that players will have to hit someone is quite an extreme prediction. There's plenty of security and police presence at every game. More so, this is obviously about Wolves owner Glen Taylor, who is on his way out of the league, given the team was sold, so there's no reason to predict a flood of protestors storming the court in the future.
Seems like Draymond the podcast host is doing what Draymond the player and his colleagues often criticize the media for - overhyping a problem where there isn't one and using dramatic language to get more attention.