The public debate over gender wage disparities in sports exploded when a star Golden State Warriors player said he was tired of hearing WNBA players complain about it.
Draymond Green first posted a series of tweets about why he thought female players needed to do more than complain about the disparity in wages with their male counterparts.
"To all my Lady hoopers out there, I want to share some of my thoughts," he tweeted.
I’ve been seeing a lot of talk about the pay gap between women and men. Especially in sports. It’s not even close.… https://t.co/gpD5rD3nV3— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green) 1616871115.0
"I've been seeing a lot of talk about the pay gap between women and men. Especially in sports. It's not even close. But let's stop allowing y'all complaints to fall on deaf ears due to numbers," he added.
He went on to say that the way to raise wages for female athletes is to force companies who are making other shows of support for women increase the pay.
"I've been asked to do so many PSAs this month on women empowerment. I said no. It's hypocritical," he tweeted.
I’ve been asked to do so many PSAs this month on women empowerment. I said no. It’s hypocritical. Because these sam… https://t.co/OYWWCm69Nd— Draymond Green (@Draymond Green) 1616871541.0
"Because these same companies that are telling women empowerment are not putting their money where their mouth is. Call on this companies to support y'all," he added.
"Call on these companies for support, after all they are using y'all to push WOMEN EMPOWERMENT , but not helping y'all," he continued. "They're simply saving face."
While Green was calling out the hypocrisy of companies ostensibly making a show of supporting women, many were angered by his "mansplaining" opinion.
Devereaux Peters, a former WNBA athlete, called his comments "extremely insulting" via her Twitter account.
"I know he didn't take the time to do the work, but throwing us these basic ideas and acting like you're doing us a favor is ridiculous," she tweeted.
Green faced the criticism later when speaking to reporters on Wednesday, but he doubled down on his controversial take.
"They're going to keep using that, but the reality is, as true as that is, it's an excuse. Because everyone says, 'We support women. We support women's empowerment. We support women in the workplace. We do this for women. We do X for women. Blah, blah blah. And everyone uses it to their advantage, yet these women are not using these people who are saying these very things to their advantage," he explained.
Here's the video of Green's comments:
"I'm really tired of seeing them complain about the lack of pay, b/c they're doing themselves a disservice by just… https://t.co/hhh69MKXs0— Kylen Mills (@Kylen Mills) 1617238176.0