OAKLAND — Draymond Green started his postgame comments after the Golden State Warriors’ 109-104 win over the Boston Celtics by addressing the scandal surrounding his alma mater, Michigan State University.
Here is his statement in full:
“I want to start by saying: Obviously I’m an alumni of Michigan State and I’ve gotten asked quite a few times about over the last day or two, even before that, about all the things that’s come out. And, as a diehard Spartan fan, as an alumnus, as a supporter, I wish those affected — whether you were touched by, broken by, shaken, whatever it did to you — I wish them well in their recovery.
“And the victims and other supporters — because it touches everybody in a different way. Whether you’re a supporter and it just kills your pride or whether you’re a victim and you’re going through the things you’re going through, so I wish them well in their road to recovery.
“I offer my support to coach [Mark] Dantonio and coach [Tom] Izzo in their efforts to rebuild and to help the victims in any way that they can. They say the true test of a man and his character is what he do in a time of adversity. I know those two guys will stand up and do whatever they can to help.
“I look forward to helping in any way I can those affected: Like I said, supporters — most importantly, the victims. In any way I can help, I look forward to that. Just wanted to start by saying that.”
Draymond Green opens presser with a statement on all that’s going on around Michigan State pic.twitter.com/yIdnqoRVAz
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) January 28, 2018
MSU has come under intense fire in recent days since an ESPN report revealed the athletic department systematically botched the handling of rape cases.
An Outside the Lines investigation has found a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression of such allegations by officials ranging from campus police to the Spartan athletic department, whose top leader, Mark Hollis, announced his retirement on Friday. The actions go well beyond the highly publicized case of former MSU athletic physician Larry Nassar.
Over the past three years, MSU has three times fought in court — unsuccessfully — to withhold names of athletes in campus police records. The school also has deleted so much information from some incident reports that they were nearly unreadable. In circumstances in which administrators have commissioned internal examinations to review how they have handled certain sexual violence complaints, officials have been selective in releasing information publicly. In one case, a university-hired outside investigator claimed to have not even generated a written report at the conclusion of his work. And attorneys who have represented accusers and the accused agree on this: University officials have not always been transparent, and often put the school’s reputation above the need to give fair treatment to those reporting sexual violence and to the alleged perpetrators.
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Green counts Izzo as one of his most crucial mentors. Despite calls for him to step down, the longtime Spartan coach said he is “definitely not retiring,” despite being a central character to the OTL investigation.