A Tennessee weatherman is receiving major backlash for a racist tweet he made about Draymond Green during the Golden State Warriors NBA playoff game against the Memphis Grizzlies.
“And chew on this,” Joey Sulipeck, WHBQ-TV’s chief meteorologist wrote in a now-deleted tweet. “Draymond runs his knuckle-dragging open mouth ALL GAME LONG, but mild-mannered Kyle Anderson disputes one call and gets ejected?”.
The tweet went viral after Grizzlies forward Kyle Anderson was ejected during the third quarter of the Warriors 142-112 win over Memphis on May 7.
While both Sulipeck’s tweet and Twitter account were deleted shortly afterward, screenshots were taken and both Green and Warriors head coach Steve Kerr were made aware of them.
“Does it surprise me that a weatherman would tweet a slur at Draymond in 2022? Not in the slightest,” Kerr said, according to NBC. “This is America. This is how we operate.”
Green responded to the tweet on Instagram after the game.
“Are you surprised?” Green wrote in an Instagram story. He also took to Twitter to express his feelings.
“You can’t cancel someone for saying something you don’t/didn’t like. I don’t believe in that. I believe in standing on your word. Don’t sidestep it. Tell us how you really feel! And STAND ON IT!” tweeted Green.
“Also, I don’t believe in cancel culture. This is not a cancel attempt. Just stand on your words. ACCOUNTABILITY,” he added. Yours truly, THE NEW MEDIA.”
In a statement, WHBQ-TV claimed Sulipeck’s tweet “does not reflect the values of FOX13” and that they will “will take appropriate action pending a full investigation,” according to Mercury News.