Over the last several days, President Donald Trump has continued to fire away sharp criticisms toward the NBA. That has all entirely centered on their support of the players kneeling during the national anthem. Trump has gone that route yet again, which saw Golden State Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry respond with a strong statement.
Donald Trump bashes NBA players for kneeling
Since taking the oval office, Donald Trump remains quite vocal about his stance regarding kneeling during the national anthem.
It’s something that he continues to drive home the stance that it’s a disrespectful action. Trump voiced that sentiment again on Fox Sports’ “Outkick the Coverage” on Tuesday as he called that action by the NBA “horrible.” (H/T Scott Gleeson of USA TODAY Sports)
“The kneeling (during the national anthem) has been horrible for basketball,” Trump said on Fox Sports’ “Outkick the Coverage.” “They’ve had horrible ratings, low numbers. People are angry about it. They have enough politics with guys like me. There was a nastiness about the NBA the way (protesting) was done. The NBA is in trouble, bigger trouble than they understand.”
Trump has been one of the most prominent critics of the NBA since their season restart due to the kneeling during the national anthem. He has called the action “disgraceful” to the flag and made the league look bad. It hasn’t taken long for NBA players to respond to his recent comments.
Stephen Curry responds to Donald Trump
The strong comments made by Donald Trump have elicited just as strong remarks from LeBron James and LA Clippers head coach Doc Rivers.
With that in mind, Warriors star point guard Stephen Curry has jumped into the mix. Curry recently that if Trump is mad about somebody speaking out, it means they are doing the right thing, according to Marc Stein of The New York Times.
“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,” Curry told The New York Times’ Marc Stein on Monday. “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.”
Curry’s stance is one that is shared by many NBA players with their continued push to bring attention to social injustice. The league has been quite supportive of their players, allowing them to use their platform to spread the message and put social justice messages on the back of their uniforms.
The players have their intentions always pushed toward generating attention and action toward ending the social injustice in the United States. Curry’s comments further echo and emphasize that sentiment.
NBA players will continue social justice push
Donald Trump hasn’t let up with his criticism toward the NBA with their support of the players’ choice to kneel during the national anthem.
That hasn’t changed the league’s stance on the topic, shown by the players using their platforms to push for social justice. Many of them are using their Zoom call interviews with the media to call for equality, along with asking for the Louisville police officers who shot Breonna Taylor to be arrested.
There is a direct message with their actions that has stayed firm with bringing justice for those mistreated by law enforcement. It’s a call for social change as the Black community has dealt with these issues for quite some time. It’s an effort from the players who won’t let up soon, regardless of how Donald Trump feels.