Adreian Payne was a standout basketball star at Michigan State University. Yesterday, it was revealed that his life was cut short. Payne was shot and killed at the age of 31.

Golden State Warriors star Draymond Green played college ball with Payne at MSU. After last night’s victory over the Memphis Grizzlies in the NBA Playoffs, Draymond didn’t feel like talking much. He said he didn’t have it in him to give a press conference, because he was thinking about his old friend.

Draymond Green did note that he and his wife plan to donate $100,000 to charity in honor of his former teammate. Green asked other members of the Michigan State community to do the same. He is hoping to create a foundation in Adreian’s honor.

“I’m going to go home and talk about Adreian,” Draymond said. “I apologize. I will give you guys the greatest press conference after Wednesday’s game. But I just don’t have it in me tonight. I truly apologize…


I call on my Spartan family, coach (Tom) Izzo, Magic (Johnson), Jaren Jackson, Miles Bridges … all of my Spartan family, to come in. Let’s do something in honor of Adreian.”

We will have to wait and see how many Spartans step up. Draymond Green is hoping to honor his teammate the best way he knows how. Hopefully, the Michigan State community can do something incredible after this tragic and senseless loss.

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Michael Perry

Michael Perry is a news contributor for Ringside News and Thirsty for News. Michael has an M.A. in Communication Technology from Point Park University in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

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