Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has tried to put an end to rumors surrounding his teammate Andrew Wiggins, who has been out of the team for more than a month.
Shortly before the Warriors entered the NBA All-Star break, Wiggins left the team due to an undisclosed family matter. His return to the Warriors this season remains uncertain.
In an impassioned tirade on «The Draymond Green Show» podcast, the four-time NBA champion defended Wiggins.
Green also mentioned the possibility of being without Wiggins and Gary Payton II for the remainder of the regular season and the playoffs.
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Payton has been sidelined all season with a right adductor strain.
Green said that whether or not the rumors about Wiggins were true, he believed they were inappropriate.
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«I want everyone to know how absolutely ridiculous most of you are in life,» Green said. «The fact that there’s a rumor about Andrew Wiggins, I don’t know if it’s true. I’m not here to confirm if it’s true or not. I don’t really care, like it has nothing to do with me.» .
«You hear things like that, and you worry about him and her, like and their children. So I worry from that perspective. But whether what they said is true or not, it really has nothing to do with my life or any influence. in their life».
Green added that Wiggins’ personal life should be off limits.
«The fact that people are so bad at evaluating basketball that you start looking into someone’s personal life, trying to decide why they don’t play basketball,» Green said.
Wiggins last appeared in a game against the Washington Wizards on February 13.
Last week Mychal Johnson, Wiggins’ girlfriend and mother of his two young children, spoke out about the rumours. «The internet really is a sick place,» she wrote with a vomit emoji.
On Friday, Johnson took to Twitter and tried to debunk the rumors, saying, «Farthest thing from the truth. It’s sad they even do this.»
Green challenged critics to provide evidence before fueling rumors related to Wiggins’ personal life.
«I’m not here to say if it’s true or false,» the Warriors big man said. «I don’t know, it’s none of my business. But the thing is, it’s not yours either.
«They’re so thirsty to know what’s going on in someone’s life that that becomes the thing. They’d better have some cold, hard evidence if they’re going to make a thing out of it. And frankly, I just saw the people talking. I haven’t seen evidence of anything… That’s crazy. That’s crazy… No confirmation or anything.»
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Green also described the rumors as «embarrassing.»
«Sometimes people disgust me. We live in a disgusting world… Like I said, whether it’s true or false, I don’t know if the world will ever know. Frankly, I don’t think the world cares if it is or not. no… People’s children have to live with it… It’s embarrassing… In fact, it makes me lose hope for humanity more and more.»
Wiggins was selected No. 1 overall in the 2014 draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves. He joined the Warriors in 2020 and was named to their first All-Star team last year. He won the first NBA championship of his career last June.
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He signed a four-year, $109 million extension with Golden State in October.
In the 37 games he has played this season, Wiggins is averaging 17.1 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game.