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How Warriors’ Draymond Green is using his platform to address social justice issues

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Rarely has Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green ever shied away from using his voice.

He has trash talked his opponents when he defends them. He has barked at officials when he disagrees with a call. He has engaged with teammates both with praise and criticism.

The Golden State Warriors (15-50) are not part of the NBA’s resumed season at the Disney Campus site. They are one of eight teams not participating as the NBA and players union agreed to exempt lottery-bound teams to maximize safety during the coronavirus pandemic. So lately, Green has used his voice to address much bigger issues than his on-court play.

Green is among a handful of NBA stars who have teamed up with Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James on “More Than a Vote,” an initiative aimed to address voting suppression in Black communities. He has opposed the “Dental Practice Act,” a California bill that would require dentists to conduct in-person examinations instead of approving treatment plans for aligners. Green said the bill would make treatment increasingly unaffordable in the Black community. And last month, Green and Connecticut Senator Chris Murphy co-wrote an op-ed for ESPN explaining why the NCAA needs […]

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