Draymond Green had strong words on CNN when asked if the NBA season should continue after postponing three playoff games on Wednesday in light of the Aug. 23 shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man who was shot seven times. . during an altercation with the police in Kenosha, Wis.
“You put it in terms of a concert: when an artist is on stage, if you are sitting on a nosebleed, the only way you can hear that artist is because he has a microphone and they are on stage,” Draymond explained Friday afternoon to CNN’s Jake Tapper. “If we leave our stage and turn the mic down, we can’t do more for the people we’re talking about – parts of our community [whose] voices are not heard. It is extremely important that we continue to speak for them.
“And also – if you look at it from the perspective of money and resources – tons of NBA kids, NBA teams and the league as a whole contribute to the urban community, the black community. I know I love to contribute as much as I can. If we take away. those resources, we are taking resources away from ourselves in order to continue this struggle.
“And I don’t think that’s the right thing to do.”
[RELATED: How Draymond responded on Instagram to ‘sports can wait’]
Former NBA player Royce White vehemently disagrees, believing players in the bubble should return to their communities and help those who protest and fight for reform.
“He’s wrong, he’s out of the way with that,” White said of Draymond during a TMZ Sports panel discussion. “It’s no longer about awareness campaigns. Report on the front line. If you can’t report on the front line, send help.”
White also had specific words for LeBron James, the Los Angeles Lakers star who was initially rumored to be the leader of the movement to cancel the season after Wednesday’s events.
“Go to Akron, Ohio. March with the people,” White said. “Stay there until something really changes, and if they choose to be completely violent, let your body lie in the street when it’s over.”
White was a first-round draft pick in 2012 by the Houston Rockets, but has never played a game with the team as he criticized the league’s lack of mental health protocols.
Green and James both used their platforms to do good in their communities, donating a ton of money and time to help both their hometowns and the NBA communities they played in.
But everyone is entitled to their opinion.
[RACE IN AMERICA: Listen to the latest episode]