Stephen Curry: Donald Trump’s comments on LeBron James rooted in racism
Stephen Curry believes “longstanding racism” inspired the recent controversial remarks made by Donald Trump about LeBron James.
The Golden State Warriors superstar addressed in an interview with The Mercury News how the President recently questioned James’ intelligence. Trump’s missive was spawned by James’ interview with CNN’s Don Lemon, during which James argued, among other things, that Trump uses sports to divide people.
Some interpreted Trump’s tweeted talk about James to be racist in nature. Curry believes that to be the case as well.
“Frustration,” Curry said. “That rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of black men with a voice in power. Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.”
Curry had taken to Twitter at the time of the interview to praise James for the interview.
Keep doing you @KingJames! https://t.co/LOFVdQgyYr
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) August 4, 2018
The reason James conducted the CNN interview in the first place was based in part to address the opening of his I Promise School in his hometown of Akron, Ohio, something that elicited widespread praise, including from the Obamas.
Curry of course has his own history with Trump. It was his comments, along with those from others in the Warriors organization, including head coach Steve Kerr, that prompted Trump to rescind an invitation extended to the Warriors after their 2017 NBA title.
Trump then announced this past June that the eventual 2018 NBA champion would not be invited to the White House, either. Both Curry and James had preemptively stated neither the Warriors nor the Cavs would attend a White House ceremony had an invite been extended.
Given the tumultuous history, it goes without saying the issues between Trump and some of the biggest names in the NBA are nowhere close to being resolved, if such a resolution is even possible.