What Draymond Green Said About Sparking Fergie Reaction Gif

Draymond Green
Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green was caught laughing during Fergie's rendition of national anthem. Above, he is pictured February 17, 2018. Getty Images

On Sunday, Golden State Warriors player Draymond Green couldn't keep a straight face while Fergie sang the national anthem at the NBA All-Star Game at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. As the "Big Girls Don't Cry" singer hit her final notes, Green cracked a smile—and his reaction became a viral gif, garnering thousands of shares on social media.

Most fans assumed Fergie's bizarre version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" made 27-year-old Green laugh, though he didn't confirm the suspicion during a post-game interview.

When he was asked about his response going viral, Green brushed off reporters. "I was just chillin', man," he said with a grin. When asked to explain further, he didn't add much: "I don't know. It's the national anthem."

Team LeBron James bested Team Stephen Curry with a close score of 148–145.

But it wasn't just netizens who ripped apart Fergie's routine. Comedian Roseanne Barr took to Twitter, referencing her rendition of the national anthem at a San Diego Padres game in 1990. "Who saw Fergie's national anthem performance at the NBA All Star Game? I think mine was better lowkey," she tweeted on Monday.

The criticism resulted in Fergie, 42, releasing a public apology. "I've always been honored and proud to perform the national anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA," the former Black Eyed Peas singer told TMZ on Monday. "I'm a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn't strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best."

Green's reaction wasn't the only one that went viral. "Bodak Yellow" rapper Cardi B was accused of enjoying Fergie's version of the anthem, bopping her head and eating popcorn. In turned out, however, that she was jamming to her hit song, "Bartier Cardi."