As Draymond Green was helping guide the Golden State Warriors to a Game 4 win in their Western Conference semifinal series with the Pelicans at New Orleans’ Smoothie King Center on Sunday afternoon, a tweet surfaced.
“I hope Draymond Green gets shot in the face as soon as he leaves the arena, which looking at the city-wide stats, is like 37%,” the tweet, sent by Andrew Polk from the account @polksalad, read.
The tweet has since been deleted, but Green said he was made aware of it and addressed it after the game.
“If he feels the need to do something like that about basketball, then I feel bad for him,” Green said in response to a question about fearing for his safety during games. “It’s kind of sad that someone would take this that serious. When you’re talking, at the end of the day, what’s a game. Making death threats, talking about life. I just pray that he gets the help that he needs.
“I personally, No. 1, don’t worry about it. No. 2, don’t care that much about it, and I care a lot about basketball. … Being that we’re in it every day, we’re literally blood, sweat and tears in this every day and it don’t matter that much to me, it shouldn’t matter that much to him either.”
Draymond Green on Twitter user writing that he hoped Warriors forward would get shot after Game 4 win over Pelicans: “I feel bad for him. It’s sad that someone would take this that serious… Making death threats, talking about life. I just pray he gets the help that he needs.” pic.twitter.com/ON67p1qAEz
“In a half hearted attempt to make an edgy joke, I crossed a line and I don’t take pleasure in that. I accept the backlash and take responsibility for the criticism. It was a mistake I regret making. This is a simple game and I was making an inflammatory joke from a side of frustration and exaggeration. I didn’t take into account the very real human beings on either side of the joke, and for that, I apologize.”