Green didn’t hold back.
During a recent meeting between the 32 NFL owners and commissioner Roger Goodell, ESPN reported that Texans owner Bob McNair used the phrase: “We can’t have inmates running the prison.” to refer to the recent NFL protests occurring around the league by players.
And in light of the story’s release, McNair has come under intense scrutiny for his use of the phrase which has angered and upset many players—so much so that Texans players apparently had to be convinced to stay at practice this morning. Wide receiver Deandre Hopkins, for his part, didn’t even show up—a direct result of McNair’s comments.
The criticism has been far and wide across the NFL, and now the criticism has spread across leagues, as Golden State Warriors power forward Draymond Green gave his thoughts on the situation today to The Athletic.
But first, here’s what NBA players have said on social media:
Wow! This sure does sound very Donald Sterling-esque. But I'm sure the fans pay to see him play and he's putting himself at risk of CTE by going out there every Sunday and giving 110%! Inmates? For starters, let's stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset. Webster states that an inmate is a person confined to an institution such as a prison or hospital. Not sure these tax paying men should be referred to as inmates- but what do I know?
Cavaliers point guard Isaiah Thomas also chimed in with a Donald Sterling reference. Sterling, you’ll remember, is the former Clippers owner who was ousted after audio surfaced revealing he practically viewed himself as a slave owner.
SMH! Him and Donald Sterling must be really good friends https://t.co/MqSr6KCXyn
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) October 27, 2017
Green was later asked about McNair’s comments and his Instagram post at the Warriors’ morning shootaround, and he had this to say, per The Athletic.
“First they were sons of bitches and now inmates?” Green said. “I know some inmates. They don’t pay taxes. They’re not community leaders. They’re not (Malcolm) Jenkins, flying to the White House, flying to DC, doing all these things to make a difference. They’re not (Colin) Kaepernick, donating $1 million. That’s like, c’mon man — inmates? That’s unacceptable.”
You can read his comments in full here.