Coming off of blowing a 3-1 NBA Finals lead in June, Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry has been laying low this off-season, nursing knee and ankle injuries before his 2016 campaign resumes next month. In a recent interview with Sara Eisen of CNBC, the die-hard Carolina Panther fan applauded Colin Kaepernick’s decision to sit during the national anthem.
The first ever unanimous NBA MVP hopes the conversation continues about the ongoing issues of discrimination in this country and not his actual decision to protest the flag. Check out the full quote below per SF Chronicle.
“I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand up for what he believes in,” Curry revealed to CNBC’s Sara Eisen. “There’s going to be people that disagree with him and there’s going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African Americans and people of color.”
Curry continued, “So I applaud him for taking a stand and hopefully the conversation is about what his message was and not, is he going to stand or is he going to sit for the national anthem? The conversation is started and should continue.”
It’s good to see fellow professional athletes take a stand and back each other up even in the face of potential public backlash. With the NFL starting up tonight (Sept. 8), and the NBA set to get going next month, it will be interesting to see if members of other teams follow in Kap’s footsteps in protesting the national anthem.