NBA's Draymond Green, Praised for Skipping Trump Event, Gets Trashed by the Left for Israel Visit
NBA star Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors is under attack from the extreme left for the twin cardinal sins of visiting Israel and visiting with law enforcement. Actually, a triple sin since the enforcement is on an international border.
Green and fellow players from the champion Golden State Warriors declined to visit Trump's White House, and Green, in particular, stood out for his decision, giving an interview to CNN on the subject. It was a stance that earned him much praise as a "symbol" of the "resistance."
But that tune changed when Green had the audacity to visit key United States ally Israel and, moreover, spend time with Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) representatives and counter-terrorism units.
Green was in Israel on a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and spent time with the units, even posting photos and videos of himself with some of the weaponry.
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כוכב האן.בי איי דריימונד גרין, שזכה לאחרונה באליפות במדי גולדן סטייט והגיע לביקור בארץ, הפגין את כישורי הצליפה שלו גם במהלך סיור שערך אצל לוחמי הימ"מ - היחידה המיוחדת ללוחמה בטרור של משמר הגבול ומשטרת ישראל. לאחר שהתנסה במטווחים, פגש גרין את מפקד היחידה, ניצב משנה נ' - לו העניק את חולצת המשחק הרשמית שלו @money23green @warriors #nba #israelpolice
Wait, guns? Make that FOUR cardinal sins.
The group described his visit in a press release on their site, saying that during the four-day trip, "Green visited the base of an IDF counter-terrorism unit, the Yamam. One of four special units of the Israel Border Police, this elite unit conducts hostage-rescue operations and raids against terror targets in civilian areas. The Yamam also performs SWAT operations and undercover police work."
In an article for Slate, liberal columnist Dave Zirin outlined the outrage.
Zirin started by referring back to Green's interview with CNN, quoting his objection:
It’s not about not seeing Donald Trump or anything else that goes with it, but more so about what we stand for. In order to effect change, you have to stand for something.
Then the turn.
He is absolutely correct. But it makes one wonder what he was standing for when he visited another president last week: President Reuven Rivlin of Israel. In a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, Green presented Rivlin with a Warriors jersey. As Rivlin said, “It’s not every day I meet an All-Star.” Green also visited the “Border Police’s counterterrorism unit” and shot some baskets with the unit on a court donated by the Michigan chapter of Friends of the IDF. Then Draymond Green posed as if he were a sniper, smiling for the camera, lying prone, flat on his stomach, holding a rifle. There is also footage of Green taking target practice with the police.