Draymond Green gave his opinion on the wide disparity in pay between male NBA and female WNBA players.
The Golden State Warriors power forward told reporters he’s “really tired” of WNBA players complaining about the pay gap.
He said, female athletes, particularly WNBA players, are “doing themselves a disservice by just complaining.”
When NBC reporter Kerith Burke noted that women are doing more to close the gap, Green said the women are just complaining, rather than taking steps to close the gap.
Green suggested WNBA players should up their game to bring fans through the door and increase revenue.
“Because the people that can change it, they’re just going to continue to say, ‘Well, the revenue isn’t there. The revenue isn’t there. So, if you don’t bring in the revenue, we can’t up your pay.’ They’re going keep using that,” Green argued.
Despite his pessimism, Green is a staunch ally of women’s sports and particularly the WNBA. He is pictured with Aerial Powers of the Washington Mystics in a photo dated September 24, 2019.
Green, pictured with his son Draymond Green Jr., said he is looking at the most effective way to help women get the marketing attention and compensation they’ve demanded.