The Warriors superstar used the occasion to express support for Colin Kaepernick, who has not been signed after kneeling during the national anthem last season.
First, Curry posted “freekaep” on Instagram. Via NBC Sports Bay Area:
Then, Curry expanded. Scott Fowler of The Charlotte Observer:
Said Curry of Kaepernick: “He definitely should be in the NFL. If you’ve been around the NFL, the top 64 quarterbacks, and he’s not one of them? Then I don’t know what game I’m watching.
“Obviously his stance and his peaceful protest when he was playing here kind of shook up the world,” Curry said, “and I think for the better. But hopefully he gets back in the league – because he deserves to be here and he deserves an opportunity to play. He’s in his prime and can make a team better.”
Curry said, though, that he hoped most of all that from Kaepernick’s protests that “all that he’s gone through in the past year actually leads to some awakening.”
Remember when it seemed Curry tried to avoid controversy? That sure has changed.
Kaepernick is one of the top 64 quarterbacks in the world. He’s not necessarily a starter, but teams need backups – and, as Week 1 showed, many need better backups. That Kaepernick is unsigned shines a bright light on the myth that sports are some great meritocracy. Kaepernick worked hard, grinded and became one of the very best at what he does. He’s jobless because of his political views. Period.
Good for Curry for speaking out.