Stephen Curry saw the cover of Sports Illustrated’s October issue, and he definitely did not like it.
The Warriors guard, who is among the sports figures featured prominently on the cover, told reporters Wednesday he didn’t like how the portrayal of “A Nation Divided, Sports United” omitted Colin Kaepernick. The former 49ers quarterback didn’t make the cover despite sparking protests of racial injustice and police brutality at the start of the 2016 NFL season.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017
“That was terrible,” Curry said. “It’s just kind of capitalizing on the hoopla and the media and all that nonsense. The real people that understand exactly what’s been going on and who’s really been active and vocal and truly making a difference — if you don’t have Kaepernick front and center on that, then something’s wrong.
“It’s kind of hard to see how certain narratives take place, being prisoners of the moment… It’s about the true message and really highlighting the people that are doing the right things.”
Stephen Curry on the SI cover and how it omitted Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/z8mw76kTGU
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 27, 2017
The SI cover follows President Donald Trump’s criticism of NFL players protesting during the national anthem and decision to rescind the Warriors’ White House invitation after Curry had said publicly he would not want to make the trip to Washington, D.C.
NBA players and coaches didn’t shy away from answering political questions at media days across the country. It doesn’t look like those questions will be disappearing any time soon, but Curry is clearly ready to face them.