Draymond Green takes pride in his podcast, The Draymond Green Show, and being a member of the “new media.” Recently on his podcast, the Golden State Warriors forward discussed Kendrick Perkins as a part of the “old media.” During his rant towards Perkins, he referred to the ESPN analyst as a “coon.”
Perkins responded to the use of the racial slur in a fiery Twitter video. Green also got a lot of negative feedback from viewers, prompting an impromptu accountability episode.
In the episode, the Warriors star addressed the situation and explained why he said what he said.
“The other day when I was speaking, I used a word that carries a racial connotation and when I used the word, I could have very well replaced the word with clown … idiot, moron. I could have replaced the word with anything and continued in stride.”
Green said that he discussed the word in long conversations with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver and Executive VP Joe Dumars. He explained that he never meant to offend anyone and that the word had a more casual connotation for him growing up in Saginaw, Michigan.
“I didn't think about it in that perspective…I do understand that the word c**n is used in a racial way. However, I also think growing up culturally, things are different…And for me, it's like, ‘stop acting corny, you're on some weird-type stuff. That's wack, you don't have to do that, that's wack.' So for me, in using the word, that's what I was implying.”
As a rookie member of the “new media,” Green is using his mistake as a learning experience.
“This is such a huge moment for growth and learning for me … being a rookie in this business … I was wrong.”