Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green believes his tweets about women’s sports and the pay gap with male athletes have been “extremely misconstrued,”
Green, who also said that he was on their side, spoke about the topic a day after American women’s footballer Megan Rapinoe criticised his remarks, saying it was “unfortunate” that an athlete in Green’s position didn’t have a more informed opinion.
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The Golden State Warriors star gave a passionate response in answer to Rapinoe, repeatedly stating that he is “in support” of what Rapinoe is doing and is hopeful he can help women’s sports.
“At the end of the day, what Megan wants and what I want is the same thing,” Green said to ESPN.
“And if she believes that doing something a certain way gets her to the end goal, I’m all for that. And if I believe doing something a certain way gets to the end goal, I’m all for that. So if we can both do something to move the needle to get to the end goal, great.
“I have no complaints with whatever it is that she wants to do or any woman athlete. Or anyone that’s trying to help drive their cause and what they want to be done. It doesn’t really matter to me how you get there. What does matter to me is that we get there.”
In tweets posted on March 27, Green, in part, blamed women for making “complaints” rather than taking action over disparities in pay and investment in women’s sports, which Thursday he added that the aforementioned tweets didn’t fully capture the points he was trying to get across.
“A lot of what I said in the tweet — you can’t really make out my full position from my tweets,” Green commented.
“Which was intentional because I don’t want you to make out my full position from a tweet. What I want to do is I want to raise awareness with my tweets. I want to have these conversations to help get over here to the side of good, to the side that we’re all trying to get to, to the side that we want to see these women get.”
On a recent Zoom call ahead of Tokyo Olympics, footballer Rapinoe said that Green’s tweets were misguided and pointed out that she and many other female athletes have long been doing many of the things Green said they needed to stand up for.
“That’s frustrating that’s the take you have,” Rapinoe said of Green’s tweets. “You obviously showed your whole ass in not even understanding what we all talk about all the time.
Green said that he didn’t take offence to her opinions.