Stephen Curry Might Take A Knee For Protesters' Rights, But He's Also Standing Up For Veterans

"If I’m going to use my platform ... I don’t want to just be noise."

If there's one thing Stephen Curry can take away from 2017, it's learning the power of his platform.

The Golden State Warriors basketball player recently wrote an essay about his support for soldiers and the right to protest the national anthem on Veterans Day for The Players' Tribune, a media company designed for athletes to communicate directly with fans.

The essay is a direct response to the ongoing discussion behind former San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick's decision to take a knee while the national anthem played during a game in 2016 to protest against police brutality toward minority groups. Since then, a national debate sparked, with some saying the protest was not patriotic and disrespectful to American troops.


Curry discusses how he's proud to be an American but stands with people like Kaepernick's right to protest. And instead of diving deep into what the protest means for activists and critics, he focuses more why veterans need more attention, saying "if I'm going to use my platform ... I don't want to just be noise. I want to use it to talk about real issues, that are affecting real people. I want to use it to shine a spotlight on the things that I care about."

Curry also talks about how he's spoken to veterans who believe that the protests in the world of sports have not been disrespectful for them.

"A lot of them have said, that even if they don't totally agree with every position of every person," he said, "this is exactly the thing that they fought to preserve: the freedom of every American to express our struggles, our fears, our frustrations, and our dreams for a more equal society."

But what stood out most to him and inspired the essay was a conversation he had with a man named Michael. Michael served in Afghanistan and when the two got to talking, he brought up how many veterans struggle in their day-to-day lives, ultimately inspiring Curry to write the essay.

"We hear all the time on TV and social media about 'supporting our troops,' " he said. "But it's not just about saluting them or thanking them for their service at the airport — and it's definitely not just about how we observe the national anthem. Michael told me that our veterans need real action. They need real help with medical services, and access to jobs, and readjusting to society."

After Curry's essay went live, several people reached out to express their gratitude via Twitter.

Read the rest of Curry's essay here

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