Steve Kerr on Trump’s NFL Comments: ‘You Know What Else is Disrespectful to Our Flag? Racism’
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr laid into President Donald Trump on Saturday in comments to reporters, after the president rescinded an invitation to the White House for the NBA champions.
Trump waded in a Twitter war with the Warriors over the weekend, rescinding their invitation to the White House after Steph Curry said he did not want to attend.
Curry responded that the move was “beneath…a leader of a country,” and Kerr was asked about the ordeal in a presser.
Kerr called the opportunity to visit the White House “awesome,” noting that he had visited with former presidents Ronald Reagan, George Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
And then, according to ESPN, Kerr called the president’s rescinding of the White House invitation “insane.”
“The idea of civil discourse with a guy who is tweeting and demeaning people and saying the things he’s saying is sort of far-fetched,” Kerr said, per ESPN. “Can you picture us really having a civil discourse with him?”
Kerr also took issue with Trump’s continued criticism of NFL players that chose to kneel during the national anthem to protest police brutality:
“How about the irony of, ‘Free speech is fine if you’re a neo-Nazi chanting hate slogans, but free speech is not allowed to kneel in protest?'” he said. “No matter how many times a football player says, ‘I honor our military, but I’m protesting police brutality and racial inequality,’ it doesn’t matter. Nationalists are saying, ‘You’re disrespecting our flag.’ Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag? Racism. And one’s way worse than the other.”
Watch a clip of his comments above, via ESPN.
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