Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors appears comfortable with his role in speaking up about injustices that have engulfed discussion within the sports world.
Sports and politics have always been immersed, but perhaps all of this seems overwhelming as of late because of the long period athletes had gone without speaking up about social issues.
With President Donald Trump’s emphatic declaration that NFL owners should fire players who choose to kneel for the National Anthem, eyes are shifting towards the NBA for their own response.
Whether it’s Gregg Popovich lamenting the Trump administration or LeBron James implying that Trump shouldn’t expect an NBA team to visit the White House while he occupies it, the league seems to be speaking in a unified voice regarding the president.
Curry is one of the most visible players on the planet and has made sure to convey an unambiguous message on these issues.
Curry has expressed support for Colin Kaepernick’s quest to raise both awareness of and funds to prevent injustice by law enforcement against people of color.
The Warriors recently decided to skip the ceremonial trip to the White House and will instead meet in the nation’s capital with still yet to be determined lawmakers.
Trump was quick to thwart the extension of an invitation to the Warriors when it became clear they wouldn't meet with him.
There’s a story on ESPN by Chris Haynes in which Curry defends his position on these social issues in the midst of Trump’s saga with the NFL.
One of the key points Curry made was that despite the riches that come with being a professional athlete, they are human beings first and foremost that live within this society. They are not insulated from the types of injustices that people like Kaepernick are trying to raise awareness of.
The NBA reiterated its policy that players are required to stand for the National Anthem before games. The NFL has no such rule.
With the regular season just a couple weeks away, it will be interesting to see how players will ultimately treat a very sensitive subject during pregame ceremonies.