As Stephen Curry’s star continues to rise, so, too, is he finding his voice on issues beyond the Warriors and basketball.
The latest example came Wednesday, when the two-time MVP expressed support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose decision to peacefully protest social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem has stirred debate.
Asked by CNBC-TV host Sara Eisen if he had any opinion on the buzz around Kaepernick, Curry didn’t hesitate.
“I love that,” he told the network in an exclusive interview. “I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand for what he believes in. There’s going to be people that disagree with him, there’s going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African-Americans and people of color.
“So I applaud him for taking a stand. And, hopefully, the conversation is about what his message was, and not the fact that ‘Is he going to stand’ or ‘Is he going to sit’ for the national anthem or whoever it is. The conversation started, and continues.”
Curry has told CSNBayArea.com in the past that he feels an obligation to support worthy causes and, moreover, that he’d be negligent if he felt strongly about an issue but remained silent.
The Warriors star also noted the significance of Kaepernick’s pledge to donate to causes and programs seeking social equality.
“I would also add the fact that he’s putting his money where his mouth is and donating a million dollars to finding ways to better or to make his message a reality,” Curry said. “I hope that all resources and conversation and intellect across the country will be able to figure out a way to make that million dollars as powerful as it can be. He’s on the right track.”
Curry, who returned Tuesday after a five-day product tour to China, is involved with numerous charitable causes, most notably “Nothing But Nets,” for which he donates to sub-Saharan Africa three anti-malaria bed nets for ever 3-point shot he makes.
When NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced in July that the league was pulling its 2017 All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, N.C. in reaction to the state’s anti-LGBT legislation, the two-time MVP was supportive of the move, even though it deprived his hometown of an opportunity to host high-profile event.
“I know how much that would have meant to the city to be able to host the greatest NBA games and to celebrate the game of basketball,” Curry told ESPN. “I know the league is in a position where they have to make a decision. And Adam Silver made one, and we support that.”