Sport NBA anthem protests would be 'counter-productive': Curry

15:51  07 october  2017
15:51  07 october  2017 Source:   afp.com

A man holding an American flag kneels as the President's motorcade passes

  A man holding an American flag kneels as the President's motorcade passes The photo was shot Wednesday by news photographer accompanying the President as he left Indianapolis after delivering a speech on tax cuts at the state fairgrounds. The photo offers no other detail about the man, or whether he's a veteran. After Trump criticized football players who kneel during the National Anthem to protest police brutality, there have been numerous instances of veterans, athletes and others taking a knee in solidarity. There has also been a backlash over the protests.

Basketball star Stephen Curry says NBA anthem protests would be ' counter - productive '. Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be ' counter - productive ' for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem .

SHANGHAI, China - Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday, October 7 it would be " counter - productive " for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem .

Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson watches Stephen Curry attempt a three-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA game in Los Angeles, California© Provided by AFP Hollywood actor Jack Nicholson watches Stephen Curry attempt a three-pointer against the Los Angeles Lakers during their NBA game in Los Angeles, California

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be "counter-productive" 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.

Jaguars players agree to kneel before anthem at Jets

  Jaguars players agree to kneel before anthem at Jets The Jacksonville Jaguars plan to take a knee before the national anthem is played prior to their game at the New York Jets on Sunday. Players say in a statement that ''every one of us'' will ''kneel to pray for change, progress and equality for everyone who calls the United States their home.'' Huge savings on NFL game-used items, autographs and more See the deals Sponsored by Sportsmemorabilia.com The Jaguars (2-1) were criticized locally last week after about a dozen players knelt during the national anthem in London.

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be " counter - productive " for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem . Scores of National Football League (NFL)

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be " counter - productive " for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem . Scores of National Football League (NFL)

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 counter-productive," 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.

Trump: 'Very important' for NFL players to stand during anthem

  Trump: 'Very important' for NFL players to stand during anthem President Trump is calling for NFL players to stand during the national anthem at games on Sunday. After a day in which he fervently defended his administration's response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, Trump wrote on Twitter Saturday evening that it is "very important" for professional football players to "always" stand during the anthem."Very important that NFL players STAND tomorrow, and always, for the playi ng of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!" he tweeted.Very important that NFL players STAND tomor ng of our National Anthem. Respect our Flag and our Country!- Donald J.

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be " counter - productive " for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem .

Shanghai (AFP) - Two-time MVP Stephen Curry said Saturday it would be “ counter - productive ” for NBA players to follow their NFL counterparts by kneeling in protest during the national anthem .

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.

Kevin Durant, who has bolstered the Warrior's quest for a third title in four years by joining the team this season, said he would not kneel but "wouldn't look at it as a surprise" if other players did.

Retired Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant, in a podcast released on Wednesday by The Hollywood Reporter, said he would kneel during the anthem if he was still playing.

Trump's tirade against NFL protesters provoked an unprecedented show of defiance two weeks ago when a large number of mostly black players dropped to one knee during the anthem, while other players stood with arms interlocked.

The NBA, in its memo to teams reported by ESPN, said the league has the discretion to discipline players who violate a rule requiring that teams stand for the anthem.

The memo suggested that teams make an effort in their first home game to address the current political climate by having players and coaches give a pregame address to their fans.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver has also said he expects players to stand for the anthem.

Trump: 'I'm all in favor of people protesting' except during anthem .
President Trump on Sunday said he is fine with protesting as long as it is not done during the national anthem. "I'm all in favor of people protesting if they want to protest. But you don't protest during our national anthem," Trump said during a private fundraising for South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster's (R) campaign at the Embassy Suites Greenville Golf Resort in Greenville, S.C.

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