Many players in the NBA have stood in opposition to Donald Trump since the president took office in 2017. The opposition comes from not only the players, but the coaches as well. Gregg Popovich from the San Antonio Spurs and Steve Kerr from the Golden State Warriors have blasted Trump on numerous occasions.
But the strongest critiques of the president and his administration normally come from the sports biggest stars. During a recent interview, Stephen Curry, also of the Golden State Warriors, was asked about Trump’s displeasure with players kneeling during the national anthem.
The president recently said during a Fox News interview, “When I see them kneeling, I just turn off the game. I have no interest in the game. When I see people kneeling during the playing and disrespecting our flag and disrespecting our national anthem, what I do, personally, is turn off the game.”
Curry told the New York Times Mark Stein, “My barometer is always, if the current president is upset about something that somebody’s speaking out on, then you’re probably saying the right thing. Whether they’ve knelt, or sacrificed an interview to talk about Breonna Taylor, or whatever’s important, they’re talking about it and they’re backing it up with action.”
Lakers star Lebron James had a similar take on Trump when asked about the issue last week. “I really don’t think the basketball community are sad about losing his viewership, him viewing the game,” James said. “The game will go on without his eyes on it. I can sit here and speak for all of us who love the game of basketball and we could care less.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.