Speaking to reporters during Warriors media day, Green applauded California for passing legislation that allows students who play sports to be paid for endorsements.
“Kudos to [California Gov. Gavin Newsom],” Green said. “I think it will definitely help move the needle when you start talking about the state of California, how much weight this state holds. For this state to be the first to do that is very special.”
Green, who played for Michigan State before he was drafted by Golden State in 2012, then blasted the NCAA.
“It does not make any sense,” he said. “I can make all the money off your likeness and the moment you decide to make some money off your likeness, you can’t play here no more. You're ineligible. You’re suspended. It's backwards.
“And someone needs to force this dictatorship to change. because that’s exactly what it is. It’s no different than any country that’s ran by dictators. The NCAA is a dictatorship.”
On Monday, California became the first state to pass the measure, which will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2023.
The new law allows college athletes to profit off their images, names or likeness, and bans schools from dismissing athletes if they do get paid. It does not apply to community college and athletes are not allowed to accept any endorsement deal that would conflict with the school’s existing contracts.