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'You Know What Else Is Disrespectful to Our Flag? Racism’—Warriors Coach Steve Kerr Slams Trump

The NBA coach blasts Trump over his anthem tantrum.

Photo Credit: By Keith Allison from Hanover, MD, USA [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr blasted Donald Trump in a harsh interview on Saturday after the president rescinded an invitation to the NBA champions to visit the White House.

Saturday morning the president used his Twitter account to tell Warriors superstar Stephen Curry he wasn’t welcome, writing: “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

While Curry was diplomatic in his response to the president, his coach was more blunt, calling the Trump response “insane.”

“The idea of civil discourse with a guy who is tweeting and demeaning people and saying the things he’s saying is sort of far-fetched,” Kerr stated. “Can you picture us really having a civil discourse with him?”

“It was an actual chance to talk to the president,” Kerr continued. “After all, he works for us. He’s a public servant. He may not be aware of that, but he is a public servant, right? So maybe as NBA champions, as people in a prominent position, we could go in and say, ‘This is what’s bothering us, what can we do about this?'”

Kerr also lashed out at Trump over his attack on ex-NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and other players who are taking a knee during the national anthem.

“How about the irony of, ‘Free speech is fine if you’re a neo-Nazi chanting hate slogans, but free speech is not allowed to kneel in protest?'” Kerr added. “No matter how many times a football player says, ‘I honor our military, but I’m protesting police brutality and racial inequality,’ it doesn’t matter. Nationalists are saying, ‘You’re disrespecting our flag.’ Well, you know what else is disrespectful to our flag? Racism. And one’s way worse than the other.”

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Tom Boggioni is a writer in San Diego, Calif.