Detroit Pistons guard Wayne Ellington has stood up for his teammate Rodney McGruder and called Warriors big man Draymond Green a "fake tough guy." After the Warriors demolished the Pistons 118-91 over the weekend.
McGruder approached Golden State bench and started talking to rookie Juan Toscano-Anderson. Nothing happened but Warriors star guard Klay Thompson and Green went off on McGruder and started disrespecting and mocking him over not having a notable playing time.
“When the f--- did Rodney McGruder become the tough guy on the team? I know ain’t nobody scared of no Rodney McGruder," Green said post-game.
Toscano-Anderson trash talked Ellington and McGruder stood up for his teammate
“First of all, I think it’s very unprofessional and definitely not classy for somebody to attack Rodney’s professional career the way that it was attacked,” Ellington told reporters, per Sports Illustrated.
“Rodney, I’ve known him since we’ve played in Miami together with the Heat. He’s one of the most hard-working, humble and down-to-earth, guys that there is in this league. So, for somebody to try to attack him like that I think is very unfair.
“And then, guys call him, you know all this tough guy talking all this stuff,” Ellington continued. “Rod has never, ever tried to portray or act like a tough guy ever in this league. To be honest, the guy over there, Juan, he’s the one who started the whole thing.
Rod is a man of respect, like myself, and I felt like he took offense to whatever the guy was saying to me in the first half. I just kind of laughed it off and kept on going. But obviously stuck with Rod and as my brother, he took it upon himself to go and check the temperature on the situation—and that’s what men do.
We talk to each other eye-to-eye, face-to-face. So, you know there. There’s never been any type of some guy approach with Rod. “So, for Draymond to sit up and talk all that type of crazy stuff behind a microphone, I think that’s the fake tough guy stuff, to be honest with you.
So, I’m only gonna talk about this situation once man and put it behind us. But I just think it’s unfair for them guys to attack my man like that, and I appreciate Rod and I love him like a brother for whatever he did do that I know wasn’t tough guy stuff. He just probably walked over there to try to clear the air with the guy”.