A few days ago Stephen Curry came out and backed Colin Kaepernick and his right to protest. Curry didn’t endorse Kaepernick’s move, but he also didn’t get sucked into the off-topic issue of how one should respect the flag and said that the 49er quarterback’s message about the treatment of minorities in the United States was the discussion that we needed to have.
At an event in Austin, Texas (where he went to college), Kevin Durant took the same approach as his new teammate, backing Kaepernick’s right to protest.
Durant may take some heat for this from fans. He’s used to it by now. Durant took plenty of heat for his choice this summer to leave Oklahoma City and sign with Curry and the Golden State Warriors, a move that he was allowed to do as a free agent but was unpopular with many fans.
In less than a month NBA preseason games will begin, and we will see which NBA players — and there will be some — decide to follow this trend. And how the league handles it.