Golden State Warriors forward Draymond Green, a former Michigan State star and Saginaw native, stops by Comerica Park on Sept. 14, 2017, to throw out the first pitch. By George Sipple, DFP.
EAST LANSING – More than three years after his last college game, Draymond Green managed to get Michigan State in minor trouble with the NCAA.
He got Miles Bridges and Steph Curry involved, too.
Blame the iPhone.
The NBA All-Star used FaceTime to talk with then-recruit Bridges from the Golden State Warriors’ locker room after they defeated the Houston Rockets to win the Western Conference on May 27, 2015.
Bridges – MSU’s sophomore forward who had not yet committed to the Spartans – posted a photo from their conversation shortly after midnight that showed himself talking to Green in one shot and Curry in another.
That was a no-no, according to NCAA rules and documents obtained by the Free Press through a Freedom of Information Act request.
According to the NCAA rules manual, such telephone conversations by Green, who is considered “an athletics representative of a member institution,” must be initiated by the recruit “and the call is not for recruiting purposes.”
Green also called Bridges on Sept. 12, 2015,
The NCAA’s enforcement staff contacted MSU’s compliance office on June 28, 2016 about an SB Nation story from March that year which relayed the information and had Bridges’ tweet embedded. The NCAA also discovered Green called Bridges for a minute on Sept. 12, 2015 — two days after he donated $3.1 million to Michigan State athletics — and no recruiting conversation took place, according to the NCAA case summary.
Bridges committed to MSU on Oct. 3, 2015.
“(Green) and (Bridges) had a prior relationship,” the case summary states. “The two are from the same area and had played for the same AAU team in their hometown. The one telephone call initiated by (Green) was one minute in length, no recruiting conversation…