Athletes like NBA players tend to stay away from political controversies. But all that change with Donald Trump’s accession to power ad becoming the ruler of the free world.
Except for LeBron James, rarely has an NBA player been seen actively participating in the political arena as the 2016 US elections came and went by.
The only form of protests that has emerged during the past couple of months are a few players taking the knee during the national anthem to show their frustration over the police brutality that people of color are forced to endure in the US.
But with no doubt left as to who will run the nation for the next four years, athletes have started to voice out their indignation at the outcome of the Presidential elections.
Steve Kerr, the head coach of Golden State Warriors, who rarely comments about anything including basketball, slammed Trump before the Warriors’ game with the Mavericks on Wednesday. He said that the kind of discourse that has been used during the elections is what he has the biggest problem with:
“You walk into a room with your daughter and your wife, who have basically been insulted by (Trump’s) comments, and they’re distraught. Then you walk in (to that morning’s practice) and see the faces of your players, most of whom have been insulted directly as minorities, it’s sort of shocking. It really is,” he said.
It cannot be forgotten that about 75 percent of major league players are African-Americans, a community that Donald Trump has frequently belittled during his campaign, reports San Francisco Chronicle.
“We have just thrown a good part of our population under the bus and I have problems with thinking that this is where we are as a country,” said Detroit head coach Stan Van Gundy.
The Cleveland Cavaliers met up with President Obama the same day that he was scheduled to host the President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday.
While many contemplated how the encounter would turn out to be, it was just fun and games with Michelle Obama playing the mannequin challenge with them, reports CBS.
But with the growing dissatisfaction in the air, will the NBA players rise up in protest against Trump’s Presidency when he takes office?