In times past, many athletes have avoided discussing their feelings on political issues, feeling it may tarnish their brands. Michael Jordan was a good example of a star with a huge reach who never opined on current events. When asked about his decision to not back an African American Senate candidate in 1990, Jordan reportedly said, “Republicans buy sneakers too.”
Today’s athletes have become more comfortable in talking about their positions on certain issues. Golden State Warriors superstar, Stephen Curry, recently discussed the coming 2020 election and the impact it will have on the country.
The Warriors are maybe the most prominent professional teams when it comes to political activism. After winning the 2017 NBA Championship, the Warriors decided not the visit the White House. Avoiding President Trump, the team had a meeting with former President, Barack Obama instead.
Curry, who has a relationship with Obama, was asked about the 2020 Democratic field of candidates. He responded, “Let’s just say that I don’t have a relationship with anybody that’s running. Maybe that will develop over time. But I haven’t gotten into that game yet.”
He then noted that the stakes of the 2020 election are, “extremely high. Especially with how these last four years have been in terms of exposing a lot of nastiness that still exists in our country.”
This isn’t the first time the star point guard has discussed the country’s divisions. In 2017 he said, “If there’s anything I’ve learned this year, it’s that all the noise we keep hearing—it’s not an accident. We’re hearing that noise because there are real people out there, facing real issues, and real inequalities, some in ways like never before. In 2017, in America, silence is no longer an option.”