SAN FRANCISCO -- Draymond Green was in the middle of what he called a "soft Thursday morning" when news of allegations against Phoenix Suns owner Robert Sarver broke.
Green was in a rush to drop his daughter off at school at 7:30 a.m. before going to Chase Center to work out, so he hadn't checked his phone. When he was done working out, he had dozens of texts and missed calls waiting for him. That's when he saw the news.
His initial reaction wasn't one of shock.
"Word travels around this league like wildfire," Green said after shootaround Friday morning. "May not have been my first time hearing that story yesterday."
ESPN's Baxter Holmes reported that Sarver has allegedly made misogynistic and racists comments to employees consistently throughout his 17-year run with the Suns.
One anecdote in the story had Green as a central figure.
"You know, why does Draymond Green get to run up the court and say [N-word]?" When he was told he couldn't use that word, Sarver responded, "Why? Draymond Green says [N-word]," Sarver told then-head coach Earl Watson, according to Watson.
Green's comments suggesting that he had heard similar stories to those in Holmes' report is the absolute opposite of what Warriors coach -- and former Suns GM -- Steve Kerr said.
"I never saw anything that suggested racism or misogyny, and I was very surprised to hear those allegations because that's not the person that I know," Kerr told Holmes.
As Green left the court Thursday, he could be heard repeating the same quote that appeared in ESPN's story:
"Well, Draymond says it," he said making his way back to the interview room in Chase Center. He repeatedly shook his head as he walked and talked.
After the news broke, Green took to Twitter to voice his feelings on the situation.
Green confirmed on Thursday that this was about him being fined $50,000 for tampering after suggesting Suns' guard Devin Booker should leave Phoenix during the 2020 playoffs on "Inside the NBA" on TNT.
Green followed up that tweet with another also having to do with Sarver.
"When you hear someone make that statement, you can't just be like that's the one statement. That's it," Green said. "There's always more to the story."
The NBA announced on Wednesday that the league will launch an official investigation into Sarver and the environment he's created in Phoenix. Sarver has denied making any of the comments alleged.