The feud between Warriors' Draymond Green and ESPN's Kendrick Perkins has gotten out of hand

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the NBA Championship Trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 20, 202.

Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors celebrates with the NBA Championship Trophy during the Golden State Warriors Victory Parade on June 20, 202.

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The feud between ESPN’s Kendrick Perkins and Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green has been well documented for some time, but things took a particularly contentious turn when Green called Perkins a racial slur on his podcast.

Fresh off his fourth NBA title, Green went on a rant in an episode released Sunday about how “dumb talking heads” on television don’t know the sport, mentioning known provocateur Skip Bayless by name. He then compared the Fox Sports figure to Perkins and bemoaned the fact that the former center wasn’t leaning enough on his on-court experience in his work.

“Kendrick Perkins, you act like this clown [Bayless],” Green said. “And it’s baffling to me. He could never be you. You know why he could never be you? Because he never done it. You go up there acting like him. You don’t have to do that, buddy. You played! You did it! Go talk about it. Or can you not?”

Then, Green made it far more personal, referring to Perkins by a racial slur.

“You going from being an enforcer to coon. How does that happen?” he added. “At least you act like an enforcer. I didn’t really ever take you for one.”

This prompted a response from Perkins that he posted and later deleted on his Twitter. In the two-minute video, Perkins basically points out that Green’s use of a slur elevates their feud from pro-wrestling theatrics — arguing over takes about on-court stuff — to tangible disrespect, breaking what Perkins called “the old law.” 

“All that disrespect and all that hoe s–t of calling somebody a coon, man, you got me f–ked up. Ain’t nothing a coon about me,” Perkins said.

The former center then responded with some personal disrespect of his own towards Green. 

“And here’s the thing, right? We all know, dawg, we all know. You all bark and no bite. We know this. The NBA brothers know this. A lot of them that’s talking behind your back with the whispers they know this, they know you're not gonna do nothing. This is proven. This is facts. We know that. So, one: stop with all the tough talk,” Perkins said.

“You can talk about me as an ESPN analyst, you can talk about my takes, you can talk about everything you wanna do. I don’t give a f–k about that,” he added, drawing a clear line. “What you not gonna do is disrespect me and call me a motherf–king coon.”

To be clear, Perkins saying that Green won’t physically back up his words with action is not equivalent to the Warriors forward straight-up calling Perkins a slur. But this has now gotten out of hand.

Perhaps there was some point where this feud could have been gawked at with bated breath like a bar fight between two obnoxious drunk guys. But this is now more like being in your friend’s family car while their parents are engaged in a screaming match: deeply uncomfortable.