SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — While he agrees with the cause, Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry says he will not be joining San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick in sitting for the national anthem when the NBA season gets underway in October.
Speaking at the TechCrunch Disrupt SF Conference, the reigning NBA MVP said he believes — as Kaepernick does — that there needs to be change when it comes to race relations.
“Some people agree with Colin, some people don’t,” he told the conference audience. “I think the common thread is that there is change that needs to be made.”
But when asked if he would consider sitting during the national anthem, Curry said he’d find other ways to push for change.
“I’ll most likely stand,” Curry said. “If you follow the way he (Kaepernick) talks and the message that he’s trying to send with his act – from his mouth he’s not disrespecting veterans, he’s not disrespecting the military that’s not his intention and he’s obviously continuing the act to create the conversation for social injustice and things of that nature.”
Curry was asked in rapid-fire fashion to name his choices on a number of subjects ranging from the election to car services. They were: Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump, Uber over Lyft, Shaq over Kareem Abdul Jabbar and the Giants over the A’s.
But he wasn’t at the conference to talk politics. Instead, Curry was on the speakers roster to talk about a start-up he is involved in — Slyce, an app helps big names and athletes simplify and manage social media traffic and content.
And also to talk about a cause that is near and dear to his heart — battling malaria in Third World countries.
Joining with the United Nations, Curry’s “Nothing But Net” initiative generates donations for every 3-pointer he makes to buy malaria nets. Last season, Curry made an all-time league record 402 3-point shots.
“Knowing the stats around malaria, how many children are affected by the disease,” he said. “I have two daughters myself, and I know the feeling of wanting to protect them.”