Steph Curry voices support for Colin Kaepernick


Steph Curry voices support for Colin Kaepernick

As Stephen Curry’s star continues to rise, so, too, is he finding his voice on issues beyond the Warriors and basketball.

The latest example came Wednesday, when the two-time MVP expressed support for 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, whose decision to peacefully protest social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem has stirred debate.

Asked by CNBC-TV host Sara Eisen if he had any opinion on the buzz around Kaepernick, Curry didn’t hesitate.

“I love that,” he told the network in an exclusive interview. “I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand for what he believes in. There’s going to be people that disagree with him, there’s going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African-Americans and people of color.

“So I applaud him for taking a stand. And, hopefully, the conversation is about what his message was, and not the fact that ‘Is he going to stand’ or ‘Is he going to sit’ for the national anthem or whoever it is. The conversation started, and continues.”

Curry has told CSNBayArea.com in the past that he feels an obligation to support worthy causes and, moreover, that he’d be negligent if he felt strongly about an issue but remained silent.

The Warriors star also noted the significance of Kaepernick’s pledge to donate to causes and programs seeking social equality.

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“I would also add the fact that he’s putting his money where his mouth is and donating a million dollars to finding ways to better or to make his message a reality,” Curry said. “I hope that all resources and conversation and intellect across the country will be able to figure out a way to make that million dollars as powerful as it can be. He’s on the right track.”

Curry, who returned Tuesday after a five-day product tour to China, is involved with numerous charitable causes, most notably “Nothing But Nets,” for which he donates to sub-Saharan Africa three anti-malaria bed nets for ever 3-point shot he makes.

When NBA commissioner Adam Silver announced in July that the league was pulling its 2017 All-Star Weekend out of Charlotte, N.C. in reaction to the state’s anti-LGBT legislation, the two-time MVP was supportive of the move, even though it deprived his hometown of an opportunity to host high-profile event.

“I know how much that would have meant to the city to be able to host the greatest NBA games and to celebrate the game of basketball,” Curry told ESPN. “I know the league is in a position where they have to make a decision. And Adam Silver made one, and we support that.”

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

What sporing event Warriors' Jordan Poole will miss watching most

Warriors rookie Jordan Poole has many interests outside of basketball.

If you follow him on Instagram, you know that he loves cats.

The 20-year-old enjoys watching movies and TV shows, and generally considers himself a homebody.

Poole also likes other sports, and when Wes Goldberg of the Bay Area News Group asked him which canceled or postponed sporting events he is going to miss, the Michigan product provided an answer that might surprise you.

"I love watching the college World Series, I definitely like watching softball as well," he said. "March Madness was going to be cool of course, but that’s basketball. The college World Series is something sports-related that I was really looking forward to."

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How did Poole get into college baseball?

"I would watch the games when we were in school (at Michigan), go support my guys on the team, but I was really locked into the World Series," he answered. "Those games get pretty rowdy."

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Last year, Michigan reached the College World Series for the first time since 1984.

The Wolverines advanced all the way to the championship best-of-three series -- winning Game 1 before dropping the next two to Vanderbilt.

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Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Eric Paschall reveals Warriors teammate he'd quarantine with right now

Programming note: Relive Game 5 of the 2015 Western Conference Finals when NBC Sports Bay Area re-airs the Warriors' win over the Rockets on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. PT.

Warriors rookie forward Eric Paschall is following the shelter-in-place rules.

He is practicing social distancing and doing his part to flatten the curve.

But if he had to quarantine with one of his Warriors teammates right now, who would he pick?

"Ohhhhhhh. Ummmmm. I would choose my man Ky Bowman," Paschall told Mark Willard of KNBR 680 on Wednesday night. "He's always in a positive mood. His energy is unmatched.

"Definitely Ky. Me and him live in the same complex so I could do that anyway. But definitely my man Ky. We'd be compatible."

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It's safe to assume Paschall never thought he would be asked that question after the Warriors selected him with the No. 41 overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft.

But the world has been turned upside down and here we are.

Lastly, Willard asked Paschall why he wears No. 7 with the Dubs.

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"All the other numbers I used to wear were taken," the Villanova product said. "No. 11 -- obviously I can't get that one. Klay Thompson has it. No. 14 is retired, No. 24 is retired and No. 4 -- Omari (Spellman) had. But at the time, Quinn Cook had it.

"So I was just stuck with seven ... I'm gonna stick with seven because it's a new journey in my life."

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