Draymond Green says sports should do away with ‘owner’ title
Draymond Green has an alternative title for team owners in sports.
“CEO or chairman,” Green said in a bonus clip of HBO’s The Shop released Sunday.
In the NSFW clip, which includes Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart and Lakers star LeBron James, the subject of ownership in sports is thrown out, causing mixed reactions. While Snoop and James’ business partner Maverick Carter seemed to agree that the owner titles should remain, Green had other ideas.
“When you think of a basketball team, you don’t think of the Golden State Warriors and think of [the Bay Bridge logo on the team’s jersey],” Green said. “You think of the players that make that team.”
Green latest comments on ownership are consistent with what he’s said over the past few years. Last season, after Houston Texans owner Bob McNair, called NFL players “inmates,” Green lashed out on Instagram.
“Let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman,” Green’s caption read. “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.”
Green lashed out again during a speaking engagement at Harvard days later, after Mavericks owner Mark Cuban asked for an apology for Green’s initial comments.
“Very rarely do we take the time to rethink something and say, ‘maybe that’s not the way,’” Green said. “Just because someone was taught that 100 years ago, doesn’t make that the right thing today. And so, when you look at the word ‘owner,’ it really dates back to slavery. The word ‘owner,’ ‘master’ — it dates back to slavery. … We just took the words and we continued to put it to use.”
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