STEPH Curry expressed his support to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest on the treatment of minorities in the US but the reigning NBA MVP said he will not take a knee when the American national anthem is played during the Golden State Warriors games in the upcoming season.
Curry was the guest speaker at the TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco on Tuesday (Wednesday, Manila time) where he bared that he understood Kaepernick's message but he won't follow suit on the controversial quarterback's method.
“I’ll most likely stand,” Curry said in a report by The Mercury News' Anthony Slater,
“Colin, if you follow the way he talks, the message he’s trying to send with his act, he’s not, from his mouth, disrespecting the veterans or the military. That’s not his intention. He’s obviously continued the act to create the conversation for more social justice and things of that nature."
"I’ve been a part of certain conversations off the grid, finding different ways to make our community better, especially for African-Americans. That’s not the way I’ll do it. But I support him in his attempt to start the conversation or continue the conversation,” he added.
The debate on Kaepernick's protest has spread in the NFL, with some players joining in on kneeling when the US anthem plays before games. And even while teams are yet to open training camps, some NBA players are already voicing out in doing the same act of protest.
The Los Angeles Lakers' Nick Young is once more courting controversy, telling TMZ that he would sit during the US national anthem.
"I'm gonna do the same thing man... my knees hurt but I might sit," said the flamboyant guard who described Kaepernick's actions as 'great.'
In an interview with Russ Bengtson of Complex on Wednesday, Oklahoma City guard Victor Oladipo refused to say whether he'll kneel or stand but said he won't be surprised to see NBA players following Kapernick's protest.
"I think definitely, we’ll see a few guys in the NBA doing the same thing," he said. "Oh, no question. I truly believe it will. Because at the end of the day it’s a sport, and people are gonna be looking at some guys in the NBA to see what they’re gonna do as well.
"At the end of the day, you just control what you can control, so your opinion is your opinion, that’s the beauty of the United States, so, do whatever you feel is best that will help you do whatever you believe," Oladipo added.
The issue is not a new one for the NBA, though. In 1996, Denver Nuggets guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf refused to stand for the national anthem. saying the US flag was "a symbol of oppression and the US has a long history of tyranny."
He defended his actions, claiming that it conflicted with his Islamic beliefs. The NBA meted a one game suspension before a compromise was reached: Abdul-Rauf would stand but would close his eyes and look downward as he prayed instead.