Warriors’ Draymond Green Says Celtics Fans Called Him The N-Word During 2022 NBA Finals

Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green said in a new interview that Boston Celtics fans called him the N-word during Game 3 of the 2022 NBA Finals. Green said he was “shaken” by the experience, the which he felt was dehumanizing.

Green appeared on “Unfiltered with Complex Sports” this week to discuss a number of topics, including his burgeoning media career, the Warriors’ rivalry with the Memphis Grizzlies and his old teammate, Kevin Durant. More notably, however, Green talked about how Celtics fans treated him during last season’s NBA Finals.

“I was upset,” Green said. “You’ve heard boos, and I mean, I’ve heard people screaming and yelling at me everywhere I go. But I’ve never heard a whole gym, every time I touched the ball or didn’t have the ball, a whole gym, ‘f— you, Draymond.”I thought it was cool, actually.

“But when I’m running on the field, and it’s b—-, it’s the N-word, it’s these things, these are insults to my character. These are insults to me as a man. So, you’re in that place where it’s like, ‘I really want to grab one of those people and wring their necks.’ But I’m going to lose this fight. I’ve challenged my team to a championship before.”

Green, who has made a habit of playing the villain in his career, was public enemy No. 1 in Boston heading into Game 3 of the Finals because of his role in Game 2, which the Warriors won in a landslide. He was called for a technical foul for getting into it with Grant Williams early in the game and was lucky not to be ejected for an incident with Jaylen Brown later in the night.

The crowd inside TD Garden for the Celtics’ first Finals game in over a decade was hot, and it didn’t take long for the “f— you, Draymond” chants to begin. Green had one of the worst playoff games of his career that night, fouling out with two points, four rebounds and three assists on 1-of-4 from the field.

While Warriors coach Steve Kerr and shooting guard Klay Thompson were offended by the crowd’s boos, Green himself said he wasn’t bothered. As he noted in the interview, the fans closest to the pitch were the ones who crossed the line with racist comments.

Green and the Warriors got their revenge a few days later, closing out the Finals back in Boston with a win in Game 6. In that game, Green finished with 12 points, 12 rebounds, eight assists, two blocks and two steals in an amazing performance.

This isn’t the first time Green (or other athletes) have been targeted with racist language by fans. In a 2017 interview, Green, speaking about another incident at Fenway Park, said he had been called the epithet before but chose not to reveal the specifics of those incidents.

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