Steph Curry Slams Sports Illustrated For Excluding Colin Kaepernick From Cover
Stephen Curry is not happy with the latest Sports Illustrated cover.
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The two-time MVP lambasted the magazine for leaving Colin Kaepernick off the cover of this week’s issue.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 26, 2017
Curry, who was featured on the cover, first responded to the Instagram account warriorstalk when it posted an image of the cover and commented “Interesting that they didn’t put Colin Kaepernick on this.”
“Boooo,” responded Curry.
The Golden State Warriors point guard then explained his disappointment with the cover in a press conference on Thursday.
“That was terrible,” he told reporters. “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, something’s wrong.
“It’s kind of hard to see how certain narratives take place, being prisoners of the moment. I was kind of joking around yesterday when I saw that certain Instagram handle. At the end of the day, that stuff really doesn’t matter. It’s about the true message and really highlighting the people that are doing the right thing.”
Stephen Curry on the SI cover and how it omitted Colin Kaepernick. pic.twitter.com/z8mw76kTGU
— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) September 27, 2017
Curry gained attention over the weekend after he said he had no desire to visit the White House as a celebration of the Warrior’s national championship, citing his disapproval of President Donald Trump.
LeBron James then called out Trump when the President said he was rescinding his invitation after Curry had already said he would be skipping the visit.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!
— LeBron James (@KingJames) September 23, 2017
According to Yahoo Sports, Sports Illustrated’s executive editor Stephen Cannella attempted to explain the publication’s decision to omit Kaepernick by saying, “What we wanted to capture with this cover [was], yes, the news of the weekend. But we thought the enduring message of what we saw, especially on Sunday in the NFL, was this sense of unity.”
Also featured on the cover are James, Warriors coach Steve Kerr, Seattle Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Kaepernick remains unsigned after protesting the national anthem in August 2016, a move that has sparked dozens of similar protests across major sports leagues.
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – MAY 8: Stephen Curry #30 of the Golden State Warriors directs a play in the first half against the Utah Jazz in Game Four of the Western Conference Semifinals during the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Vivint Smart Home Arena on May 8, 2017 in Salt Lake City, Utah.