Making sense of Houston Rockets rookie Jalen Green's comments
Green mentions that he personally wouldn't be out and about in the city, but would instead spend time focusing on his craft in the gym and would then go home. And it's understandable why Green wouldn't want to be out in the city, as Detroit was recently considered one of the more dangerous cities in the United States (not to mention the epithets that came out from several within the Pistons' fanbase on the same day that Green's comments were made available).
To add color to Detroit's crime levels, note the below data:
-Detroit had a violent crime rate of 2,007.8 incidents per 100,000 people with a total of 261 homicides in 2018, making it the midsize or large city in the United States with a violent crime rate of over 2,000
-Detroit has the fourth-highest murder rate among major cities within the U.S. (behind St. Louis, Baltimore, and Birmingham)
-In 2020 Detroit had a 19% increase in homicides year-over-year (327) and a 53% increase in non-fatal shootings (1,173 to be exact)
And it isn't a jab to point out those data points, as that doesn't exactly mean that there aren't nice places to live within the greater Detroit area. In fact, I formerly lived in Grand Blanc (about 60 miles outside of Detroit) and know that there are alot of fine people within the city of Detroit.
Even more, these people have great pride in their city and are committed to seeing the city get restored and established to the levels of their liking. But it's important to note that Green was sharing his own personal opinion; he doesn't have that same attachment that the residents of the city have.
And nor should he, as he's never lived there. As for why he said he wanted to live there during the draft process, it's simple: he was essentially interviewing for a job.
As we all know, oftentimes during job interviews we may (or may not) say things to the interviewer that we may not mean, in hopes of landing the position. It's part of selling why you may be the right candidate and getting the interviewer to buy in to you as the face of their organization.
This is exactly what Green was doing, as he stated to Haynes. Although he drew backlash and a public outcry because of his comments, Green was right about what he said regarding the city of Detroit (although that might be unpopular to say).
And especially considering the fact that he was sharing his own personal opinion.