The NBA’s best player Steph Curry just got asked on the spot at TechCrunch, which candidate for President he supports, and the MVP came through in the clutch. The conference moderator asked the Curry if he preferred, “Hillary or Trump?” Curry said, “Ooooohh…” building up a slightly dramatic moment as the audience audibly gasped while the question hung in the air.
“Hillary,” said Curry, and the crowd went wild.
Curry was speaking at TechCrunch to promote his social media management startup Slyce which launched this past March, and facilitates more meaningful contact between highly followed online personalities and their fans, in a video you can see below.
The 2-time NBA Most Valuable Player also gave a firm statement of support for San Francisco 49ers Quarterback Colin Kaepernick – a fellow Bay-area athlete – who has caused a national stir by his sit down protest during the rendition of the national anthem before the start of NFL football games, Curry said:
“I support him in his attempt to start the conversation – or continue the conversation – or to try and better a terrible situation that we’ve noticed for a while and especially over the last five years. You’re not going to please everybody and that’s what America is about. Some people are going to agree with Colin, some are not. The common thread is that there is change that needs to be made.”
“We’re blessed with this platform to have to reach out and influence so many different people across the world and not be afraid of negatives that might come your way”
As a group NBA has the best track record of political and civil rights advocacy of America’s four major sports leagues, and is no stranger to wading into controversy and taking a strong stand in favor of free speech, such as the Miami Heat’s entire squad making this poignant call to action for Trayvon Martin. More recently, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced that the league’s 2017 All-Star game would be removed from North Carolina due to HB2 – supported by Michael Jordan, which led to the NCAA taking away seven championship events and just today the ACC followed suit, as Duke University denounced their state’s anti-LGBT bathroom law. Stephan Curry fits in well with that group of champions.
Watch Curry discuss the specifics of his support for Kaepernick, and give his support to Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton here:
Grant Stern is the Executive Editor of Occupy Democrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report, and an unpaid senior advisor to the Democratic Coalition.