Ex-MSU star Draymond Green backs Tom Izzo, Mark Dantonio
Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, a former Michigan State star, started his postgame press conference Saturday night sharing his support for the victims affected by the sexual assaults of former MSU gynmastics team doctor Larry Nassar.
“I wish those affected, whether you were touched by it, broken by it, shaken by whatever he did to you,” Green said after the Warriors defeated the Celtics. “I wish them well in their recovery.”
Nassar, who has been sentenced to up to 175 years in prison Wednesday, pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Michigan while admitting to using his medical position on campus to assault and molest girls.
“It touches everyone in a specific way, whether you’re a supporter, it just kills your (school) pride, or whether you’re a victim and you’re just going through the things you’re going through, so I wish them well in their road to recovery.”
Green then offered support to Spartan football coach Mark Dantonio and his former college coach, Tom Izzo. Dantonio and Izzo were targeted in an ESPN report published Friday that “found a pattern of widespread denial, inaction and information suppression” of sexual assault allegations at MSU.
“I offered my support to coach Dantonio and Coach Izzo and their efforts to rebuild and to help the victims in any way that they can,” Green said. “You know, they say the true test of a man is what he does in a time of adversity and I know those two guys will stand up and do whatever they can to help.
“So I look forward to helping in any way that I can,” Green continued. “Those affected, supporters and most importantly the victims. And any way I can help, I look forward to that.”
Green’s comments were his second in a span of less than a week regarding the Nassar scandal. On Tuesday, the six-year forward further expressed remorse for those affected.
“I feel sorry for the victims,” Green said Tuesday. “You gotta live the rest of your life with that stuff.”
“It’ll be impossible to say, ‘I understand what you’re going through,” Green added. “I don’t understand but I feel for them and I wish them well in their journey through life because like I said, it’s something that’ll never go away.
“I know they’ll make it right as much as you can make that right. You can never change it, you can never take it away, but I know the university will take the necessary steps to whatever they can to make sure it doesn’t happen again, to help the victims in any way they can and just move forward.”
At Pro Bowl practice in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, former MSU running back Le’Veon Bell said he “felt bad” for Nassar’s victims and also supported Dantonio and Izzo, saying they “do everything the right way.”
"I'm obviously hoping for a turnaround,” Bell, now with the Pittsburgh Steelers, said in an ESPN report. “I mean, it's kind of a big target on our back right now. I just kinda wanna be a supporter, the best that I can. And I want Michigan State to be the top of the class – basketball, football, all that, all athletics – make things go the right way. This can kinda go down the line, and people kinda forget about it because we did a lot of positive things, more so than negative things coming out of the university."