Draymond Green is all too familiar with fans chanting racist taunts at professional athletes.
While the Warriors forward is used to hearing the usual trash talk, he does get surprised when hecklers take it to the next level.
"I’ve gotten the N-word, all of that. I’d rather not get into [where]. A few places, especially being that it is me. Athletes are just not protected in that regard. Maybe something like [the Adam Jones incident] will help," Green told The Undefeated on Tuesday. "Cheer for your team. Do what you want. But if I’m playing in the game and you’re cheering for your team, it doesn’t give you the right to say whatever you want to say to me.
"This is my job, and I can’t go to your job and say whatever I want to you. If I went to someone else’s job and said whatever I wanted to say, I’d get arrested for harassment. It’s a fine line. … We are in a position where if you naturally react, you’re screwed, you’re losing money. But there are great fans out there, and all fans shouldn’t be put in that category.”
Orioles center fielder Adam Jones has garnered support from players around various leagues after disclosing he heard the N-word and had a bag of peanuts thrown at him during Monday's game at Fenway Park.
In an effort to highlight racism as a significant issue, Green and teammate Steph Curry serve as members of an advisory board for the Ross Initiative in Sports for Equality (RISE), which "uses sports to improve race relations by driving social progress and understanding."
"There has been progress, but people want to sweep stuff under the rug and turn a blind eye to what people go through every single day in terms of prejudice and racism," Curry said. "Obviously, there are plenty of groups, initiatives and people trying to attack the problem, RISE being one of them. As long as I have the platform I do, I plan to use it."