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NBA star weighs in on Saginaw pay to play

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AUBURN HILLS, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw High School graduate and NBA star Draymond Green has weighed in on the school board's decision to de fund the district's athletic programs.

Green, who now plays for the Golden State Warriors, was in Detroit Tuesday night for a game against the Pistons.

He expressed his concern with the current plan for Saginaw schools. The district's 2015-2016 budget plan suspends all athletic funding, meaning students would have to pay to play sports.

Green says taking away that outlet for kids could only lead to more violence.

"What else are they going to resort to? The kids that can't afford it, what else are they going to do?" said Green.

Some in the community have suggested combining the athletic programs at Saginaw High and Arthur Hill as a way to save money, but Green thinks that would still hurt student athletes.

"You're taking 14 or 15 opportunities, I mean 14 or 15 spots away from kids. So, if you take the best 7 or 8 players off each team, that's gonna be your team, so what about the other 7 or 8 players?" asked Green.

The Saginaw school district's budget plans are currently under review by the state board of education.

It could be a few weeks before they decide whether to approve them.

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