Draymond Green is a multi million dollar NBA player (reportedly), and is an important part of a very successful NBA basketball team in the Golden State Warriors, but when he attempted to comment on a specific social issue, he put his mouth in it (as he oftentimes does) and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban let him know about it.
When responding to Bob McNair’s reported “inmates running the assylum” comments, Draymond Green had this to say:
“For starters, let’s stop using the word owner and maybe use the word Chairman. To be owned by someone just sets a bad precedent to start. It sets the wrong tone. It gives one the wrong mindset.”
Did you come up with that all by yourself Draymond? That was so deep. From now on all we have to do to change something we don’t like is to change the word. Although to be fair to Draymond, far brighter men from before have done the exact same idiotic thing.
The “First among equals” title in Communist regimes, is supposed to erase whatever class distinction the title President brings to society, although the so called First among equals, arguably wields more sovereign power than modern day Presidents do. Also, whoever decided that calling the head of a “Republic” a “President” would somehow fix the “horrors” of inequality attached to the title of King was greatly mistaken. A President and a King have similar powers, the biggest difference being the name and the perception. Yet one represents “freedom” and the other “tyranny”.
The point here being that the changing of a name very seldom brings any change on the ground. Not that Draymond Green would know, since on this issue at least his head seems to be firmly stuck in the clouds.
Mavericks Owner Mark Cuban definitely thinks this is the case, heavily criticizing Draymond Greene for his racially charged comments; even taking the time to trash Michigan State in the process.
“For him to try to turn it into something it’s not is wrong. He owes the NBA an apology. I think he does, because to try to create some connotation that owning equity in a company that you busted your ass for is the equivalent of ownership in terms of people, that’s just wrong. That’s just wrong in every which way.
…. Draymond can trash-talk on the court, but when he comes into our world, it doesn’t fly. … I guess it’s because he went to Michigan State and didn’t take any business classes, but you own equity. When you own a team, you own equity, shares of stock. That’s called ownership. Tell him if he wants to take classes at Indiana’s business school, I’ll even pay for his classes and we’ll help him learn that stuff.”
…. Don’t try to suggest that because we have a team and the nomenclature is ‘owners’ because we own shares of stock, own equity, that it’s analogous to slavery. That’s just as bad [as McNair’s comment]. It’s just as bad.”
Draymond Green in essentially has a big mouth but of course would never back it up in this instance. The reality is, is that once you sign that contract, the owners own you as they own all of the other commodities in the NBA. This is why trades happen Draymond, and this is why you can’t just up and play for another team until your contract with your team/owner runs out. Calling your owner a chairman won’t change that reality. If you really have a problem with this, you should simply leave the NBA and find another way to earn a living.