Draymond Green is no rookie when it comes to drawing the ire of opposing fans, but an unfamiliar form of hostility got his close attention on Sunday.
While the Warriors forward helped his team take a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Pelicans in New Orleans Sunday afternoon, comedian Andrew Polk tweeted: "I hope Draymond Green gets shot in the face as soon as he leaves the arena, which looking at the city-wide stats, is like 37%."
The post was later deleted but was captured by screenshots that were then tweeted by multiple accounts.
After the game, Green told reporters that he was made aware of the threat and was unfazed by it, adding some pointed comments about how it reflects on the person who made it.
"If he feels the need to do something like that about basketball, then I feel bad for him," Green said after tallying eight points, nine rebounds and nine assists in the 118-92 victory. "It's kind of sad that someone would take this that serious. When you're talking, at the end of the day, what's a game. Making death threats, talking about life. I just pray that he gets the help that he needs.
"I personally, No. 1, don't worry about it. No. 2, don't care that much about it, and I care a lot about basketball. ... Being that we're in it every day, we're literally blood, sweat and tears in this every day and it don't matter that much to me, it shouldn't matter that much to him either."
Polk responded to Green’s postgame comments with an apology, which was also subsequently deleted.
“.@Money23Green I tweeted a very dumb thing meant to be an edgy joke,” wrote Polk, whose account was later deactivated. “As a frustrated basketball fan, I go through ups and downs, and as a comedian, I don’t always express those in a digestible way. I wish no harm to anyone over a simple game, and I apologize sincerely.”
Green later took a harsher tone on his own Twitter account, calling for Twitter to ban Polk from the site while adding, “And you could’ve saved your wasted time on that apology @polksalad.”
Green can put Polk’s humorless joke behind him as the Warriors head back to Oakland to try to close out the series in Game 5 on Tuesday.
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