'They're f---ing terrorists': Draymond Green, Paul George speak out on Capitol attack

Liz Roscher
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The Los Angeles Clippers and Golden State Warriors kneeled together before their game on Wednesday night, a peaceful response to the violent attack that broke out at the Capitol earlier in the day. After the game, a 108-101 Clippers win, players from both teams spoke their minds about what had happened.

Draymond Green: That’s not a protest, that’s a terrorist attack

Draymond Green of the Warriors didn’t mince words with the media after the game, discussing how police treat Black people differently, and how it’s always been that way.

"It’s baffling with the reaction that the law enforcement had and whoever else was involved from an authoritarian standpoint to see the National Guard standing on those same steps when there was a peaceful protest and now to see a terrorist attack and there was no National Guard. It just goes to show you where this country is and where this country has always been and probably where it’s going to stay, to be quite honest. Nothing’s changed. I think through social media and all of these different things we have at our fingertips today, we’re more aware of things. But nothing has changed. This is the same America that it’s been. It’s no different.”

Green continued by questioning the words that were being used to describe those who attacked the Capitol, rejecting the notion that they were “protesters.” [Warning: graphic language ahead.]

"It just goes to show the policing system was built against Black people, Black and Brown people,” Green said via USA Today. “That’s the reason those reactions are different. That’s the reason someone can walk or run or bust their way into 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. Stop calling those people protestors. They’re terrorists. They’re not protestors. Protestors is 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 podiums and all of this other stuff, that’s not a protest. That’s a terrorist attack.

“So stop describing those people the same way you describe someone who’s just standing there making a chant and saying, 'We want justice, we want peace.' Stop using the same words. It’s disrespectful. It’s ridiculous. And it’s shameful to keep calling them protestors. They’re not f---ing protestors, they’re f---ing terrorists.”

Paul George: It’s two different worlds we live in

The Clippers’ Paul George reflected on what the violence at the Capitol meant to him, especially in light of how peaceful protesters were treated over the summer during Black Lives Matter protests.

“I mean it comes as no surprise. It’s two different worlds we live in and that was clear as day. The respect for colored people is — there is none. It’s just the times we live in. it’s very unfortunate. We just see people’s colors. It just goes to show why voting is so important. At the end of the day Trump is who we elected and who we put in office and you see what his belief is and you see what kind of person he is. That’s what it comes down to.

“He rallied his people and his people rallied behind him and just the society being, nothing was done about how they approached their protest. We tried to protest with peace and you know, we are looked down upon and we’re this and we’re that but we see how they protest. It’s unfortunate, but you know it’s an ongoing dialogue and ongoing conversations we’ve got to have with all races.”

George also said that he would have been perfectly fine if the NBA had shut down for the day, which is what the players forced the league to do after the Jacob Blake shooting in August.

“I would have been all for the league just shutting down. I think this was something that definitely should have been addressed. But there’s a middle line to it, there’s a fine line to it because it does give some positivity with people being able to watch games and basketball going on to change what people are feeling and thinking and ultimately what’s on TV. It’s bittersweet, but I definitely would have been all for if the league shut down today to kind of just bring light to what’s really going on in the world.”

Marcus Morris, Andrew Wiggins see a double standard for Black people

Marcus Morris of the Clippers and Andrew Wiggins of the Warriors both commented on how they believe Black people would have been treated differently by the Capitol police if they had been the ones at the Capitol on Wednesday.

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