‘Stay in School’: When UFC’s Conor McGregor Ended NBA’s Draymond Green’s Life on Instagram

Published 01/22/2021, 1:03 PM EST
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 05: Conor McGregor poses during a ceremonial weigh-in for UFC 229 at T-Mobile Arena on October 05, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. McGregor will challenge UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov for his title at UFC 229 on October 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)


This incident took place way back in the month of July in 2017. The buzz surrounding Floyd Mayweather’s super-fight on July 24, 2017 with Conor McGregor, was building up. The Irishman, as good at playing mind games as he is inside the octagon, took shots at the former.

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During one of their media appearance, Conor walked out wearing a number 23 Warriors jersey. So, Draymond Green took to Instagram to whine about him wearing it. He made it clear whose side he was one as well with his caption –

“We rocking with Floyd bro not you… take that off bruh.”

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LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 14: Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor come face to face during the Floyd Mayweather Jr. v Conor McGregor World Press Tour at SSE Arena on July 14, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

However, the ‘Champ Champ’ wasn’t having any of it. What he did next was to destroy the Warriors’ forward with his rebuttals on the since-deleted post.

“That’s CJ Watson mate. I don’t know who the F**k you are. No disrespect tho kid, keep hustling and stay in school.”

Sheesh! But the assault did not end here. Next, he made it clear to Draymond that MMA wasn’t a ‘game’ like basketball.

“Now ask yourself why I’m rocking C.J. when I don’t know or give a F**k about basketball. I dribble heads off the floor. Not a ball. This is no game here kid.”

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 26: Draymond Green attends the 2017 NBA Awards at Basketball City – Pier 36 – South Street on June 26, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Gonzalo Marroquin/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Though Draymond tried to get back at the Notorious with his verbal volleys, it was to no avail. The battle had already been won after Conor dropped the mic.

Conor was making a reference to CJ Watson, the Warriors player who wore the number 23 before Draymond. It was an attempt to mock his bitter enemy, Floyd Mayweather. CJ had allegedly been involved in Mayweather’s personal affairs.

Draymond gives Conor McGregor his props

All wounded and battered, Green took the post off his Instagram handle. Perhaps an olive branch to end their beef? But according to him, it did not exist in the first place while he also credited his skills as a professional fighter.

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“I don’t know that man. I can’t be cool with a man that I don’t know… He is a good fighter.”

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He can try as hard as he wants to make it look like nothing happened over here. But, in reality, the apparent hard-man of the Warriors tanked as a lone ranger. A further proof that if the likes of Steph Curry and Kevin Durant were not his teammates, nobody would have acknowledged his presence.

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Bharat Aggarwal

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Bharat Aggarwal is a sports analyst for EssentiallySports, covering Formula 1 and NBA. A Delhi University graduate, Bharat has multi-year experience in sports writing, having closely worked with the content strategy aspect as well. Bharat Aggarwal supports Manchester United, Lewis Hamilton, Cristiano Ronaldo, Rafael Nadal, Dirk Nowitzki, Sachin Tendulkar, Ayrton Senna, Kristaps Porzingis, and Dallas Mavericks.

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