Draymond's impassioned comments on U.S. Capitol 'terrorists' originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea
Draymond Green sat at the podium Wednesday night following the Warriors' 108-101 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers at Chase Center and tried to wrap his head around what happened as a pro-Donald Trump mob of rioters stormed Capitol Hill in Washington D.C.
In the only way he knows, Green didn't hold back. He's the Warriors' emotional leader on the court, and he was as well while addressing reporters on yet another sad and ugly day in America's history.
Below is what the Warriors forward had to say on a multitude of subjects.
On what he watched happen at the U.S. Capitol
"I think it was ridiculous. It's baffling to see the reaction that the law enforcement had and whoever else was involved from a authoritarian standpoint. To see the National Guard standing on those same steps when there was a peaceful protest, to now see a terrorist attack and no National Guard it just goes to show you where this country is, where this country has always been and where it's going to stay, to be quite honest. Nothing's changed.
"Through social media and all these different tools we have at our fingertips, we're more aware. But nothing's changed. We're still the same America than it's been. It's no different."
How police should have responded
"I've seen a lot of 'shoot 'em like we would have been shot.' Nah, I don't think that's the right thing to do. Stop shooting us. That's more the battle cry than necessarily shoot them like we would have been shot. Just stop shooting us."
On no charges against Kenosha Officer in the Jacob Blake shooting
"Ironically, the news that's come out of Kenosha and these places the same 24-hour span and then you see that, it's a slap in the face and a f--k you to every Black person in America who goes through these things. It's almost like they want to show you they have power. They want to show you 'I can say f--k you and there's nothing you can do about it.'
"That's just what this country is, what this country's been and like I said before, what this country probably will stay."
What needs to happen next
"At some point, we need lawmakers to change laws. It just goes to show the policing system was built against Black and Brown people. That's the reason those reactions are different. That's the reason someone can bust their way through to the Speaker of the House's office and put their feet on the desk like they're sitting at home on their couch and nothing happens."
Pro-Trump mob rioters are "terrorists."
Protestors are what you saw when we saw 500 National Guard members standing on those same steps when there were Black and Brown people saying, 'We want to be treated equally.' That's a protest. Storming into a building and busting out windows and carrying out podiums, that's not a protest. That's a terrorist attack. So stop.
"Stop describing those people the same as someone who stands there and says, 'We want justice, we want peace.' Stop using the same word. It's disrespectful. It's ridiculous to call them protestors. They're not f--king protestors, they're f--king terrorists."