Some professional athletes think that because they spend a lot of time in the public eye, they ought to weigh in on current events.
After making unpopular, misinformed, or downright bizarre statements it would make sense to back off from sounding off again, but one particular athlete doesn’t subscribe to this point of view.
Now this Professional dribbler waded back into politics and is ruffling feathers again.
Four-time NBA Champion and Golden State Warriors point guard Stephen Curry has made another controversial claim.
He says that former President Donald Trump has a tone of divisiveness that he doesn’t believe has a place in the United States of America.
In an interview with Rolling Stone, Curry said, “Take Trump seriously? Of course. Most of his rhetoric — before he was President, during his four years, and even now, if he tries to run again — has a tone of divisiveness that doesn’t have a place in our country. As serious and loud as the threat is of him or whoever else is running for office, there’s a similar urgency and a loudness that’s necessary on the other side.”
To be fair, it’s possible that this luminary may have missed President Biden’s recent “Red Yawn” speech where he tarred half of the country as “semi-fascist.”
But this isn’t the first time that Curry may have stepped in it.
He once received a phone call from Barack Obama chiding him about his comments about the moon landing being fake.
On the Winging It Podcast, Curry said, “We ever been to the moon?” and after the rest of the group seemed skeptical, Curry agreed, saying “They gonna come get us. I don’t think so either. Sorry, I don’t want to start any conspiracies.”
Curry later recounted that Obama called him after making the comments and told him that man did land on the moon and scolded him saying, “You’ve got to do something about this.”
After that, Curry hosted a 15-minute Instagram Live discussion with an astronaut and also created a pair of moon landing inspired sneakers with Under Armour.
For some, stupidity pays dividends!
Later he said, “I had an opportunity to talk to somebody that’s very well knowledged in that industry. One to express apologies and regret of how this all happened. But again the learning experience for me in terms of where — hopefully I will have that experience at the Lunar Labs and all that type of stuff will be dope.”
Of course, Curry’s outspokenness has its limits.
Even though he knew enough about politics to recently trash Trump and endorse Joe Biden at the Democratic National Convention, Curry claimed he “didn’t know enough about Chinese history” to condemn an authoritarian government stamping out freedom in Hong Kong.
Apparently for Stephen Curry, off-the-wall comments are just part of a day’s work.
But with the Warriors’ pursuit of the Chinese market, and the big bucks rolling in, that can only mean it’s time for Curry to try something new (and for him, appropriate), in the words of Caroll O’Connor . . .
Sports with Balls will keep you up-to-date on any developments to this ongoing story.