Draymond Green Comments on James Dolan-Charles Oakley Feud; Says Dolan Had a ‘Slave Master Mentality’ Toward Oakley

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green became the latest player to weigh in on the James Dolan-Charles Oakley situation on Wednesday afternoon, and he didn’t hold back.

Green, who was speaking on his Uninterrupted podcast, began by saying he has “a lot of views” on the situation because there are “so many different aspects to the story.”

“No. 1 — (Oakley) is a legend. Treat him as such,” Green said. “Why is (Oakley) buying a ticket to a game, first off? … It wasn’t a problem when (Oakley) was speaking out (when he played in the 1990s). It wasn’t a problem when he was protecting (the Knicks’) superstars then. So if it wasn’t a problem then when he was doing it for y’all, why is it all of a sudden a problem now when he speaks out on something that he don’t like, and now you want to disown him from your entire organization? … 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 say something that he feels, it’s a problem. I disagree with that. I definitely think, like I said, that that’s a slave master mentality.”

Green also blasted the Knicks for the statement they released after the initial incident at Madison Square Garden last Wednesday, which ended with: “He was a great Knick and we hope he gets some help soon.

“How, as an organization, can you come out and say ‘we hope he gets help?’ Get help with what?” Green said. “… That’s not something that you say to the world. That’s not classy at all, because at the end of the day, if he does have an anger problem and he was OK with the world knowing that, he’d be speaking out about it. He’d be on boards of anger management type things. So it’s not OK for you to go say that to the world, as a multi-billion dollar organization.”

The situation, which has had many chapters since the initial incident occurred, was somewhat diffused on Monday, when NBA commissioner Adam Silver and Michael Jordan met with Oakley and Dolan to help mend the feud.

SOURCE: USA Today Sports – AJ Neuharth-Keusch