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Earlier this week on his “Dray Day” podcast for the “Uninterrupted”, Draymond Green lashed out at Knicks owner James Dolan for his treatment of Charles Oakley. He ripped Dolan for benefiting from Oakley’s effort on the court for the franchise but then turning his back on him simply because he criticized Dolan and decisions they have made over recent years.
“You doing it for me, it’s all good,” Green said. “You doing it against me — you speaking out against my organization — it’s not good anymore? 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 says something that he feels, it’s a problem.”
On Thursday, Green attempted to clarify what he meant and said he wasn’t saying Dolan has that “slave master mentality”.
“I never said James Dolan has a slave master mentality,” Green told ESPN Radio. “I said when you look at something and someone is doing something for someone and all of a sudden they can’t anymore, that falls under the slave mentality.
“… I can’t say James Dolan is a racist. I don’t know James Dolan. Honestly, if he walked past me right now, I wouldn’t know who he is.”
Although he wanted to clarify exactly what he meant, that doesn’t change his opinion on how wrong Dolan was in the first place.
“I thought it was unfair the way Oakley was treated. I thought some of the things said about Charles Oakley — from James Dolan, from the New York Knicks twitter handle — some of the things said about Oakley was wrong, and I still feel that way,” Green said. “However, I think that was a mistake by Dolan and a mistake by the Knicks, then I followed up and made the same mistake.
“Like I said, I don’t know (Dolan). I could never say he’s a racist or he has a slave owner’s mentality. I don’t know if he has that. That’s just how the situation looked to me from the outside looking in. And so that came off the wrong way and it wasn’t what I meant by it.