NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley believes that Golden State Warriors big man Draymond Green was justified in slapping a man that heckled him outside a bar near Michigan State’s campus.
“Good for Draymond Green,” Barkley said on ESPN’s The Dan Le Batard Show.
Barkley went on to say that the media has empowered fans to go on social media and “say anything they want about these professional players.”
“Y’all make them feel like their opinion is important,” Barkley said. “Y’all have given these fans a voice where they think they can disrespect these players because of the amount of money they make and things like that. So, more power to Draymond for slapping the hell out of that kid, whoever he was.”
Green was arrested for slapping the man, who the San Jose Mercury News identified as a Michigan State football player. He faces a $500 fine and up to 90 days in jail if found guilty on the charge.
Green, 26, was released on $200 bond and won’t have to appear in court, according to ABC7.