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On Monday, Baltimore Orioles star Adam Jones sent shockwaves through the sports world when he told reporters that some Boston Red Sox fans had called him the n-word during that night’s game at Fenway Park. Since then a number of other black MLB players have spoken up about their experiences with racial abuse at Fenway, opening up a new dialogue about racism and the national pastime.
Sadly, but not surprisingly, this sort of vile behavior is not limited to baseball fans.
In an interview with The Undefeated on Tuesday, Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green said he, too, has been subjected to racial slurs during his career.
“I’ve gotten the n-word, all of that,” Green said prior to Tuesday’s 106-94 Game 1 win over the Utah Jazz. “I’d rather not get into [where]. A few places, especially being that it is me.”
Unfortunately, sometimes things go too far.
“Athletes are just not protected in that regard,” Green continued. “Maybe something like [the Adam Jones incident] will help.”
Green’s teammate Steph Curry also chimed in on the issue, saying there is a lot of work still to be done.
“There has been progress, but people want to sweep stuff under the rug and turn a blind eye to what people go through every single day in terms of prejudice and racism,” Curry told The Undefeated. “Obviously, there are plenty of groups, initiatives and people trying to attack the problem, RISE being one of them. As long as I have the platform I do, I plan to use it.”
If you’re wondering how you can help eliminate racism at sporting events, the answer is simple: speak up when you hear people saying awful things. Go tell an usher or a security guard, and get the offending parties kicked out.