Golden State Warriors all-star Draymond Green is back with Team USA in Las Vegas and preparing for a gold medal run.
That means he’s been available to reporters who want to know if he’s going to change his behavior after being arrested for slapping a football player in East Lansing, Mich., where he went to college.
“Being me has gotten me this far,” Green told reporters while cracking a smile.
Good for him for not acquiescing to moralizing media members who demand he alter his personality to better fit their whitey-tighty sensibilities.
Because, really, which of these is a damning offense?
— Was it when he, as a 25 year old, drove fast in a fast car and shared it on Snapchat?
n Or was it, possibly, when his frustration with himself blew over and he got into a shouting match with his coaches at halftime? (Steve Kerr downplayed this event from the time it was reported, and since having a reporter outside of the locker room at halftime is so rare, it’s really impossible to know how out of the ordinary this is with no control group.)
n Or is it the recent “assault” of someone he thought was a fellow Michigan State athlete outside of a bar, a crime that would’ve went entirely unreported if it were not for an officer standing on the same block. (His crime was so heinous, the cops let him play with his phone unsupervised while they processed his paperwork.)
Are his missteps dumb? Absolutely.
He’s admitted as much and has been punished — including a suspension in the NBA Finals that will haunt him for the rest of his life. But what’s the point of piling on him other than to get some silly points if/when he’s forced to apologize again?
He knows he needs to be more responsible. So wake me up when he does something actually horrible.
Green was instrumental in the recruitment of Kevin Durant. He was the Warriors’ best player in the NBA Finals (when he was allowed to play). And he’s one of the best multitalented forces in the league.
Until he commits an egregious act worthy of our scorn, it only makes sense to stop asking him to change who he is.