Steph Curry recently published an article on The Players Tribune dedicated towards Veteran’s Day. While Steph Curry’s decision to not visit the White House stirred controversy between him and President Donald Trump, Curry wants everyone to understand that the athletes taking political stances and writing protests are not intended to disrespect the military and veterans.
Per Players Tribune,
“But when someone tells me that my stances, or athlete stances in general, are “disrespecting the military” — which has become a popular thing to accuse peaceful protestors of — it’s something that I’m going to take very, very seriously. One of the beliefs that I hold most dear is how proud I am to be an American — and how incredibly thankful I am for our troops. I know how fortunate I am to live in this country, and to do what I do for a living, and to raise my daughters in peace and prosperity. But I also hear from plenty of people who don’t have it nearly as good as I do. Plenty of people who are genuinely struggling in this country. Especially our veterans.
And every single veteran I’ve spoken to, they’ve all said pretty much the exact same thing: That this conversation we’ve started to have in the world of sports … whether it’s been Colin kneeling, or entire NFL teams finding their own ways to show unity, or me saying that I didn’t want to go to the White House — it’s the opposite of disrespectful to them.”
Later in the essay, Curry addresses a real problem. While we celebrate and are grateful for our veterans, very little is done to support them. They have experienced traumatic experiences and gave up so much of their time, yet we only give them our “support”.
“We hear all the time on TV and social media about “supporting our troops.” 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.”
Finally, Curry addresses his opposition to go to the White House.
“You know, I remember when I woke up on the morning that (I still can’t believe I’m saying these words) the President tweeted at me. You probably don’t need me to tell you this, but, man, it was … surreal. It was the morning before our first day of practice, so I was getting in a good sleep. And when I woke up — I mean before I even saw the tweet, or knew what was going on — I had about 30 text messages, all at once. Just blowing up my phone. They were all these friends of mine, just, like, defending me, and telling me that I was right, and, you know, not to worry about it. But I had no idea what they were even talking about.
Then finally I brought up Twitter, checked on my mentions and all of that — and I saw it.
It was what it was.
And now, of course, it’s those same people — who couldn’t understand why I would peacefully state my opposition to our White House visit — who will tell you that pro athletes, when they engage in peaceful protest, are disrespecting the military, our flag and our country.”
Our social media platforms today are one of the most powerful tools for communication. However, consumers tend to use Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. to stir controversy for one’s actions. Simple actions from athletes have caused everyone to think that athletes are disrespecting the military. Instead, we should shift our focus to respecting and celebrating our veterans.
Read the full story at Players Tribune here: https://www.theplayerstribune.com/stephen-curry-veterans-day/