Draymond Green responded to Chris Russo telling him to keep quiet and play.
“Yesterday, Hey [Russo] goes on TV and says ‘America is tired of Draymond Green.’ Then he says’ shut up and play, ” Green said in his podcast, “Draymond Green Show”, Thursday. “I do not like to draw a competition card many times because I think we all know the role that competition plays in the country we live in, but this had a racist meaning. Very racist words. Even more so having racist words.”
Russo was not on Green radar until he started joining “First Take” with Stephen A. Smith on Wednesday, and so Green is unaware of Russo’s platforms on MLB Network and SiriusXM, as well as as long as No. 1 afternoon in the car with “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN before.
“Who are you? What have you done in your life to talk about America and keep quiet and play?” Green asked.
“The ones that close and play, the ones that close and play days, those are gone. We don’t listen to that anymore. We don’t want to hear it again. It has no place here and will never be allowed again. place on ‘First Take.’ ”
Green vowed that the athletes would take up sports broadcasts from the likes of Russo who did not play.
“The nature of the media is about to change,” he said. “You will no longer be allowed to sit there and say what you want. You will no longer be allowed to publish these false stories. You will no longer be allowed to know what you are talking about and we will listen to you. Those days are long gone, and you know why? Because we have guys like JJ Redick who did this, they talk, they know how to talk about any topic, who are not afraid to shut up the idiot. “
Green ended his speech by promising to prosecute Russo.
“So, you bad dog, go, thank the good Lord that I didn’t want your job. You can have it. But know that you will be held accountable. I will always be watching over you and humiliating you, so make sure that when you go out there screaming and talking all the nonsense around your neck, no buddy, you will be held accountable. You will. Believe that. I answer everything you say. The days for journalists to report cases and no longer expire are over. We don’t have that anymore. ”
What Green did not say was that the thing that Russo was most disappointed with was his boasting of making $ 25 million a year. What he also did not bring, in accusing Russo of racism, is that Stephen A. Smith had already defended him twice for these reasons.
For the first time, in the first episode of First Take, Smith argued that although he did not agree with Russo that Green should shut down and play, that his opposition was not racist.
“It’s not a competition,” Smith told Reddick Wednesday. “It’s Doggy, isn’t it. You have old school fans who regret that you have so many people out here who just say ‘enough already’ as they do.”
Smith added that he meets “the whole group of Mad Dog Russos running” – and that they are not only in their 50s and 60s. “You have a whole bunch of people in their 20s and 30s who can say about a player or team they don’t like: ‘enough already,'” Smith said.
Smith also called for SiriusXM’s “Mad Dog Unleashed” Wednesday to protect Russo.
“Mad Dog Russo is free to be the one who wants to be on ‘First Take,'” Smith said.
“We are not here to hug and cuddle each other in harmony and in agreement with all our ideas. What do I want from ‘First Take’ if you do not have a different opinion?
So for me, when I saw that transpire today, I want to emphasize first the brand had nothing to do with it. You talk about runners, time. Draymond Green was the topic of discussion at the time.
It was interpreted by JJ Redick as he interpreted it. I had no problem with that. My only story was when he brought Fox News. And this is why. who work for Fox News, MSNBC, CNN and elsewhere so we should not talk about a certain network. ”
Smith said he does not expect the authors of “First Take” to always agree, and that the model of the show – which is why it is the number 1 show – is causing people to argue and let the audience decide how they feel.