Stephen Curry on Colin Kaepernick: ‘I Applaud Him for Taking His Stand’


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Days after President Barack Obama was asked to comment on Colin Kaepernick's protest of the discrimination of African Americans in the United States while in Asia, another ridiculously famous American experienced the same thing on the same continent: Stephen Curry.

While on tour with Under Armour, Curry was asked by CNBC for his thoughts on the San Francisco 49ers quarterback's decision to kneel for the national anthem in protest (the QB originally sat through the The Star-Spangled Banner, but after a discussion with Green Beret and long snapper Nate Boyer, decided that kneeling was a way to show more respect to the armed forces while making his point).

“I love that. I love that there’s freedom of speech and that he can stand for what he believes in," Curry said of his fellow Bay Area sports figure, whose jerseys across the country have gone through the roof since his protests began. "There’s gonna be people that disagree with him. There’s gonna be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for. Hopefully it will drive the conversation to the bettering the equal rights and treatment of African Americans and people of color.”

The Golden State Warriors star applauded Kaepernick while noting that he hopes people focus on the quarterback's motivations for the stunning protest rather than take offense to it while ignoring the substance.

“I applaud him for taking his stand. And hopefully the conversation is about what his message was and not ‘Is he gonna stand, or is he gonna sit for the national anthem?'”

Last week, the 49ers quarterback, whom the team officially announced will enter the season as the backup, pledged to donate $1 million to aid in the fight against discrimination.

“I am planning to take it a step further. I’m currently working with organizations to be involved, and making sure I’m actively in these communities, as well as donating the first million dollars I make this year to different organizations to help these communities and help these people,” Kaepernick said.

“I’ve been very blessed to be in this position and make the kind of money I do, and I have to help these people. I have to help these communities. It’s not right that they’re not put in the position to succeed or given the opportunities to succeed.”

Curry hailed Kaepernick's donation as well.

"I will also add, the fact that he's putting his money where his mouth is and donating a million dollars to finding ways to make his message a reality," the reigning two-time MVP said. "I hope that all resources and conversations and intellects across the country will be able to figure out a way to make that million dollars as powerful as it can be."