Kawhi Leonard infamously requested a trade from the Spurs after comments were made by him teammates surrounding his commitment to the organization. Many around the league believe that he quit on San Antonio, including Skip Bayless, but Snoop Dogg, who went on FS1's Undisputed to discuss Leonard's exit from the Spurs, claims to have talked to Kawhi, and Snoop thinks that the Spurs disrespected The Klaw during his tenure with the team.
I've talked to Kawhi. It was a lot of disrespect in the Spurs' locker room towards him. That man brought them a championship, he locked up LeBron James. Now guess where they are? At home. Guess where he's at? Still playing with less help, just to prove them wrong.— UNDISPUTED (@undisputed) May 23, 2019
via @SnoopDogg pic.twitter.com/OwcNwrOqqu
Snoop does bring up some interesting points. Everyone gave Leonard such a hard time for forcing his way out of San Antonio, but people fail to consider the fact that he is only in his mid-20s. When you have veteran teammates calling you out to the media, it creates a culture that a young professional such as Kawhi may not feel comfortable in. Veteran players are used to the scrutiny and are better equipped to handle it, but some young guys really take that criticism to heart.
Leonard was pivotal in the Spurs' 2014 NBA Championship, winning the Finals MVP award and shutting down LeBron James, and Snoop feels that Leonard should have been given more respect for his play.
Kawhi has since found a fresh start in Toronto, and his success in his first year with the team has undoubtedly rubbed some Spurs supporters the wrong way.
Kawhi Leonard: "Everybody's hurt, just gotta keep playing"— i. (@BoooooUWhore) May 20, 2019
Spurs fans: pic.twitter.com/9T35uTjWIh
Kawhi put the NBA on notice with his performance in the Finals, but even after helping the Spurs' dynasty secure its fifth title, he didn't seem to garner the respect he thought he deserved from Spurs teammates.
While its highly unlikely that we ever hear these words come out of Leonard's mouth, it's interesting to hear someone, who claims to have spoken on the matter with him, chiming in.