OAKLAND — After Stephen Curry implied that Donald Trump is an “ass” in a wide-ranging interview with Marcus Thompson of the Bay Area News Group, Steve Kerr backed the Splash Brother 100 percent.
Curry made his comment in the wake of Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank dubbing the POTUS a “real asset to the country ” in an interview on CNBC. Curry is under contract with the retail giant through 2024.
“I agree with that description,” Curry said, “If you remove the -et.”
Speaking before the Golden State Warriors’ 123-92 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, Kerr didn’t miss a beat when asked about the topic, delivering one of his familiar deadpan burns.
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“First of all as [PR boss] Raymond [Ridder] just said, Steph is one of our best assets,” Kerr said.
“With the -et.”
The head coach, who has consistently offered insightful commentary on political and social issues throughout the season, encouraged all his players to speak their mind.
“Our players are grown men and they have a microphone in front of them every day and they’re welcome to say whatever they want,” Kerr said. “I’m proud of them. They’ve done an amazing job representing themselves and our team. And this is a time when people are speaking out. This is a time when activism is coming back into the forefront all over the map. And, it’s an open forum, so players can say whatever they want.”
After the win, as Curry sat at the podium, the guard who is well-known for his reluctance to discuss controversial topics, appeared less than thrilled with the idea of addressing his comments.
During his interview with Thompson, Curry admitted he had taken part in a back and forth with the Under Armour brain trust on Tuesday to clarify Plank’s position.
“A distraction? No,” Curry said of the exchange with Under Armour. “No. it was an interesting day but no distractions.”
Curry added that while he would have preferred to avoid the situation, he was more than ready to make his voice heard.
“I’d rather not be in that position, obviously,” Curry said. “But at the end of the day when you need to speak for yourself and make it known how you feel, you don’t shy away from those opportunities in making sure that I needed to say what I needed to say.”Donald TrumpGolden State Warriorskevin plankNBAStephen CurrySteve Kerrunder armour