Danny Green got a rude welcome to Vancouver last week.
After winning an NBA championship with the Toronto Raptors, Green visited Canada’s west coast to do a pair of autograph signings and run a basketball camp for kids.
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While he and his entourage were getting settled — he was staying in a hotel but others were in an Airbnb — he was robbed.
“We started off rocky in Vancouver,” Green said on an episode of the Inside the Green Room podcast.
“So we don’t know much about Vancouver,” Green explained. “We booked the Airbnb, on the pictures it looks great, it always does.”
“They go to check in and we go to eat and they’re like ‘yo we gotta change [Airbnbs] it’s old, it’s raggedy, it feels haunted.
“We didn’t know there was a ghetto or hood in Vancouver.”
Green didn’t know it then, but he wasn’t far from the Downtown Eastside, a Vancouver neighbourhood most well known for its homelessness and drug use.
“So we go check out the Airbnb and we go upstairs and we’re there for about 10 minutes checking out the map like ‘oh shit Canada has a lot of stuff going on,’ we didn’t know there was all this stuff. We go back outside and we pretty much got robbed.
“Not robbed of everything, but two book bags gone — and one of the book bags had a lot of stuff in it.”
“We ran the streets like savages looking for whoever took these book bags.”
Green and his group made the mistake of leaving a pair of bags in the back seat of their car, possibly with the doors unlocked. One of the bags contained some laptops, he said.
“We didn’t know where we were located at,” he added.
“We’re two blocks from East Hastings. We don’t know that until we walk up on it. It’s the worst street in North America in terms of druggies.”
Lucky for Green, he can afford to buy a new laptop or two, after signing a two-year, $30 million contract with the Los Angeles Lakers last week.
The Vancouver Police Department told Daily Hive that they have assigned an investigator to look into the incident.
“‘Theft from auto’ is a major concern in Vancouver, especially downtown,” said VPD Sergeant Jason Robillard. “We continue to see an increase in the number of incidents. The VPD consistently encourages people to remove all visible items from their cars when they park anywhere in the city. Even if it is a small item and does not seem valuable to you, it might be enough to tempt a thief.
“It’s unfortunate Mr. Green had a negative experience in Vancouver. Overall, our city is a safe place to live and visit.”