HOUSTON — The moment he heard the question, Draymond Green was ready.
He didn’t hide from it. He answered with honesty and reflection.
Warriors’ Green apologizes for penis picture
Draymond Green apologized on Sunday for posting a picture of his penis on Snapchat.
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Sunday morning, Green, the power forward for Team USA and the Golden State Warriors, published a picture of his penis on Snapchat and took it down after about 10 minutes. The picture wasn’t mean for everybody, but by pushing the wrong button, everybody could see it.
Green apologized and said he hopes this will mature him as a man and basketball player.
This summer, Green has done plenty of apologizing.
In June, he apologized for being suspended for Game 5 of the NBA Finals for punching LeBron James in the groin, an act that came one series after Green was shown kicking Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams in the groin during the Western Conference finals.
Green apologized again earlier this month, for allegedly slapping a Michigan State football player, forcing Green to reach a plea deal to avoid jail time. And just when things were getting quiet, Green finds himself involved in another fiasco, this time on social media.
He wasn’t arrested. He’s not under any investigation. He’s not facing another suspension. But he made another mistake.
After he took the inappropriate picture down, Green posted on Twitter that he was hacked:
Hacked….. Can’t win right now
– Draymond Green (@Money23Green) July 31, 2016
However, when Green spoke with reporters Sunday afternoon after Team USA’s practice in Houston, he didn’t mention anything about his account being hacked, just about putting this latest misstep into perspective.
“There’s so many things going on in my world for me to sit and complain [that] I can’t catch a break,” Green said.
“For me to sit here [and say] I can’t catch a break [for getting] suspended for a game in the Finals or I can’t catch a break for this situation, I’m living my dreams, I’m playing in the Olympics.
“To say I can’t catch a break, I think that’s disrespectful for everybody. How many people get to live their dreams? I’m not going to sit here and throw myself a pity party and say I can’t catch a break. I’m fine. I get to joke around with these guys all day and get to do what I love for my country. I’m fine. I’m fine.”
Green burst onto the scene as the underdog, undersized power forward with a physical, loud, skillful brand of basketball that is a joy to watch. But his off-the-court issues are slowly starting to precede his reputation as an NBA All-Star and champion.
Being suspended is one thing. A dust-up at a bar is another. Now this.
“I didn’t get a call [about the Snapchat post]. I figured it out pretty quick,” he said. “In this world, quick ain’t quick enough. Once it’s out, it’s out. I thought I reacted pretty quick. I saw those screen shots and quick ain’t quick enough in this world.”
Green is an intelligent person. He’s socially aware of what’s going on; he was one of several players to receive questions about the Black Lives Matter movement during Sunday’s media session. So Green is not just some basketball player simply counting his checks. The world means something to him and he presents himself as wanting to make a difference.
Yet mistakes will occur.
Scrutiny in everything he does comes to the forefront and he doesn’t hide from it.
“This is what I asked for, though,” Green said. “I asked to be in this position; I worked to be in this position, and it comes with the territory.
“I truly believe we all go through points in our life that help propel us to the next level. I’m at the stage right now where all this stuff will help propel me to the next level as a basketball player, but more importantly as a man. I don’t live my life with regrets. I apologize for the situation. It’s clearly not what I was trying to do. At the end of the day you have certain situations in your life that just help push you forward, and you have to use them the right way.”