NBA an­them protests would be ‘coun­ter­pro­duc­tive’ - Curry

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O- Two- t i me MVP Stephen Curry said yes­ter­day it would be “coun­ter­pro­duc­tive” for NBA play­ers to fol­low their NFL coun­ter­parts by kneel­ing in protest dur­ing the national an­them.

Scores of National Foot­ball League (NFL) play­ers have taken a knee dur­ing the an­them in de­fi­ance of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, who two weeks ago blasted the prac­tice as an in­sult to the coun­try.

For­mer NFL quar­ter­back Colin Kaeper­nick first be­gan kneel­ing last year to high­light per­ceived un­just treat­ment of African-Amer­i­cans.

Curry had pre­vi­ously said he would likely skip the cus­tom­ary visit by his de­fend­ing NBA cham­pi­ons Golden State War­riors to the White House over Trump’s poli­cies, which prompted the pres­i­dent to re­voke the en­tire team’s in­vi­ta­tion in a Twit­ter out­burst.

“Any­thing be­yond that is, for me, kind of coun­ter­pro­duc­tive,” Curry said when asked about the pos­si­bil­ity of an­them protests in the NBA.

Curry, whose War­riors are in Shang­hai for the sec­ond of two China pre-season games against the Min­nesota Tim­ber­wolves, said there are bet­ter ways, such as be­ing ac­tive in their com­mu­ni­ties, for play­ers to make their views known.

“At the end of the day, we all as in­di­vid­u­als have an op­por­tu­nity to be a ves­sel of light and love ... by how we treat each other and what we stand for,” he said.

ESPN re­ported a week ago that the NBA al­ready had sent a memo to teams say­ing play­ers must stand for the an­them when the season opens on Oc­to­ber 17.

MVP Stephen Curry.

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