Draymond Green clarifies controversial remarks about James Dolan
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Draymond Green clarifies controversial remarks about James Dolan

Draymond Green says he didn't mean to imply James Dolan has a "slave master mentality," although he still thinks the Knicks owner is wrong.

Draymond Green said his comments earlier this week implying that Knicks owner James Dolan has a "slave master mentality" were taken out of context. 

Green told ESPN Thursday he was speaking in hypothetical terms.

"I never said James Dolan has a slave master mentality," Green said. "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."

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Green's comments earlier this week, which appeared on his "Dray Day" podcast on Uninterrupted.com, further inflamed the feud between Dolan and former Knicks star Charles Oakley. When asked by a reporter about Green's remarks, Oakley alluded to the situation with the Los Angeles Clippers, when former owner Donald Sterling was forced to sell the team in 2014 after making racial remarks.


Green told ESPN he still thinks Dolan and the Knicks have treated Oakley unfairly.


"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."

Green's entire interview will air Saturday during ESPN Radio's Meet The All-Stars show at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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