Draymond Green: James Dolan exhibits a ‘slave master mentality’
Draymond Green became the latest NBA player to weigh in on the feud between Charles Oakley and New York Knicks owner James Dolan. And the Golden State Warriors star may have made the most inflammatory statements yet.
Green, during a recent episode of his “Dray Day” podcast with Uninterrupted, accused Dolan of exhibiting a “slave master mentality” with his handling of the past week’s controversies that began with the former Knicks star’s arrest last Wednesday. He also labeled Dolan as a hypocrite for his treatment of Oakley as a Knicks player and Oakley as a Knicks critic.
“You doing it for me, It’s all good,” Green said, as transcribed by The Mercury News. “You doing it against me … you speaking out against my organization, it’s not good anymore? That’s a slave mentality. A slave master mentality. That’s ridiculous. It was all fine and dandy when he was laying people out, taking fines and all this stuff for your organization. But now all of a sudden when he says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
Like Spike Lee before him, Green took umbrage with the way the Knicks attempted to tarnish Oakley’s reputation in the aftermath of his arrest, accusing him of having “problems with alcohol” and “personality problems.”
“And so, OK, say if they do know in the research they did that Oak has an anger problem,” Green said. “That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all. … It’s not OK for you to go say to the world as a multibillion dollar organization. How can you even pin that on someone? Just throw that out there. That’s grimy. I think that’s wrong.”
As noted, several of the NBA’s biggest names came out in support of Oakley and thrashed the Knicks, including Charles Barkley and LeBron James, as well as Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan helped broker some semblance of peace between the Knicks and Oakley. While Dolan ultimately lifted Oakley’s Madison Square Garden ban, the former Knick still wants an apology.
However the Oakley drama ultimately plays out, the perpetually dysfunctional organization isn’t yet off the hook for arguably mishandling the incident from the start.