For the past few months, athletes have been accused of being unpatriotic and showing contempt by kneeling down during the national anthem or, in the case of Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors, snubbing a presidential invite to the White House.
But for two-time MVP Stephen Curry, the country is stuck in the noise when it could have been focusing on the things that matter as it celebrates Veteran’s Day.
In a piece for The Players Tribune, aptly titled “The Noise,” he said being an NBA player places him in a position where his voice resonates with millions of others. He admitted that it can be overwhelming and it would have been so easy to just shut up and play basketball.
However, he realized that having the platform means taking responsibility.
He said that the NFL protests are the opposite of disrespecting the flag and the soldiers, who are laying down their lives to make sure the freedom to continue those protests in the first place is amply protected.
That’s why even amid the criticisms about the perceived behavior of athletes when it comes to the national anthem, or an invitation from the White House—a tradition that goes back over 100 years—he won’t stop talking.
In September this year, President Trump rescinded his invitation to Stephen Curry and the rest of the Golden State Warriors team. Using his own social media platform, the former real estate mogul wrote, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”
While Curry said that being mentioned personally by Mr. Trump was “surreal,” he refused to be baited into a debate.
“If I’m going to use my platform … I don’t want to just be noise,” he wrote. “I want to use it to talk about real issues that are affecting real people. I want to use it to shine a spotlight on the things that I care about.”