Draymond Green spent about five minutes of his 21-minute self-produced documentary “The Countdown” talking about the Jordan Poole punch that took him to new heights of NBA badness. The truest statement in this time frame:
“I can’t change the events that have happened, but we can control what happens in the future, and that’s where we are.”
If the documentary, produced by Green, Peyton Manning’s Omaha Productions and Warner Bros. Discovery, is an indication, Green is very interested in controlling what happens in the future.
Airing ahead of the NBA season opener on TNT, Green went through a few aspects of Warriors training camp, like complaints about media day and enjoying preseason games in Japan, but all the everyone wanted to see him talk was Poole’s punch, which earned him a fine and a few days away from the team but no suspension.
Once the documentary finally hit that territory, it became very clear how Green saw the reaction to him hitting a teammate. The Golden State Warriors star is the hero of his own story, which is true for any athlete making his own documentaries, but using a clip of himself kissing his daughter as he pretends not to care about the reaction of the punch was a bit exaggerated:
“You never really know people’s opinions right away, so you give people a bit of time to voice their opinions, which frankly I don’t care about people’s opinions. To be totally honest with you , I never really knew how big it exploded Because I don’t spend a lot of time searching Instagram or flipping through comments.
“I don’t really read a lot of tweets, so I was at home chilling with my kids. If you want me to be honest with you, I still don’t know how much the world might think that exploded.”
Yes, Green doesn’t care how much he exploded, even though he also said he watched the video 15 times and expressed his anger because the video was leaked. And produced a nationally televised documentary about it.
The documentary makers were certainly aware that the video had exploded, giving Green the full “isolated hero” vibe by asking the narrator to call Green’s time away from the team an “exile, for lack of a best word” and describing his solo workouts as high drama.
The unstated but overriding message of the documentary is simply that something bad has happened to Green. He punched Poole, then the old media and pundits started calling him a bad teammate, said he deserved a suspension and questioned his future with the Warriors.
But Green doesn’t care. Green, the stalwart leader, never let the consequences of his actions get to him. Why would he? It’s Draymond Green.
The big hypocrisy at work on TNT, however, might be that the documentary was aired at all. Green has publicly apologized to Poole and his family for the “embarrassment” they have faced. Poole said he just wanted to move on. And now Green is broadcasting his own media on the punch for as wide an NBA audience as possible on a celebratory day for the Warriors, talking about the “upside” of the situation.
Eventually, the documentary crescendos with uplifting music as Green looks forward to the upcoming season and the chance to rehearse. The first stop, however, is Warriors ringside night, and the narrator didn’t miss an opportunity to turn even that into a way to show Green overcoming adversity (straight of his own making):
“For Draymond, perhaps this imminent threat [ring night] will have added significance as the one who almost got away.”
With every other famous athlete having their own production company and a constant thirst for sports content in today’s world of streaming, Green isn’t the only one producing his own documentary. He joins Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Derek Jeter, Magic Johnson and many more.
Green is very aware of this, having spoken of athletes leading the wave of “new media” in opposition to the hot takes and clickbait of old media. And yet, for all the thoughts you might have about Skip Bayless, at least he never aired a documentary about how hard it is to punch someone and not feel bad about yourself.
This is where Green’s documentary takes on a more insidious tone. Without even including Poole’s take on the event, Green presents his side of the story in Full HD, ready to take control of a narrative that dared threaten him.
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