Draymond Green Says He’s Sick and Tired Of Hearing Women Complain About Not Being Paid Equal To Men, Blames Lack Of Action As The Problem, Demands Change

Draymond Green has some things that he wants to get off of his chest concerning women athletes.  The NBA superstar recently went on a rant on Twitter to passionately share his thoughts on the matter. 

The Golden State Warriors power forward shared lengthy posts on his thoughts concerning the media’s exposure as it pertains to men’s versus women’s games.  Green also touched on the pay gap between the two.  His words stirred conversation from many, with some agreeing with him but many arguing that his choice of words could have been… different. 

Green’s rants continued on during a conversation with NBC Sports reporter Kerith Burke on Wednesday.  “I’ve seen so many complaints recently of women talking about the pay gap between what we make and what they make,” said Green. “And I feel where they’re coming from. I know what I put into this, to be great. They put in the same time in that we put in. So, I understand what they’re saying.” 

He added, “I’ve seen so many complaints recently of women talking about the pay gap between what we make and what they make. And I feel where they’re coming from. I know what I put into this, to be great. They put in the same time in that we put in. So, I understand what they’re saying.” 

In one of his tweets, he shared that he turned a corporation down that asked him to do a PSA on women empowerment.  He went deeper into his thoughts on said corporations.  “Stop allowing them to do that,” Green said. “Call these people out specifically. ‘Hey, this company says it supports women empowerment, yet you have not put a single penny toward the WNBA. You have not put a single penny toward these women athletes. Yet, plastered all over your website is women empowerment.’ Call these people out specifically. Make them react to what you’re saying. If you call these people out specifically, they have to react to what you’re saying.” 

Green’s comments, although filled with good intentions, drew some criticisms from women athletes and others as well.  While many shared their appreciation for Green and his passion for the rights of women athletes, people from ESPN’s Maria Taylor to Napheesa Collier of the WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx joined a number of women who had something to say about Green’s statements. 

WNBA Players Association President Nneka Ogwumike gave her thoughts while at the TEAM USA camp, calling it “ignorance” and “miseducation”.   

“To be honest… I think what I’m feeling is a lot of miseducation and ignorance,” she said. “I’m always careful about using the word ‘ignorance’ because I think we’ve grown up to believe that it has a negative connotation when it really doesn’t. And it’s great to know that there’s allies out there that are seeking to see the women’s games better and the women’s business be better in sport. But I do think that a lot of that education and dispelling of the ignorance that we experience just on an individual level, it can really be kind of dissolved by us having conversations.” 

What are your thoughts? 

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