As most of us know by now, San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been the source of an ongoing controversy since first refusing to stand for the national anthem two weeks ago. He has since knelt during the anthem and has said he expects to continue the practice until meaningful change occurs with regard to the treatment of African Americans and all people of color.
Recently, Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry was asked on CNBC about the situation, and he did not hesitate to support Kaepernick’s decision.
Transcript via Blue Man Hoop:
I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand up for what he believes in. 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. 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’ or whoever it is. The conversation is started and should continue.
Curry has been careful with his political/controversial stances in the past, including his comments on the HB2 in his home state of North Carolina, but has been at the forefront of several public service announcements in conjunction with the league.
For more on Kaepernick, here are 18 things to know about the situation.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Stephen Curry says he ‘applauds’ Colin Kaepernick for anthem protest