Colin Kaepernick is a backup quarterback. There's no way around that. For as powerful as his message is, it is coming from a backup quarterback.
But the winningest team in sports the past two seasons is talking about him. Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr discussed Kaepernick's national anthem protest in-depth with Tim Kawakami of the Mercury News.
-- Kerr says he thinks "something similar will happen in the NBA."
-- He says, "nobody has to be right, nobody has to be wrong."
-- Referring to "what is going on around the country, specifically with Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Kerr says, it "doesn't matter what side you’re on in the Kaepernick stuff, you’d better be disgusted with the things that are happening."
-- Kerr says the Warriors will talk as a team about such protests before the first game.
-- Kerr noted Kaepernick decided to kneel instead of sit after meeting with Nate Boyer, a former U.S. Army Green Beret and current football free agent.
Here's the full transcript in Twitter and written form:
Warriors coach Steve Kerr came strong, and nuanced, on the Kaepernick issue and the real message behind the non-violent protests pic.twitter.com/9lxuP93NEQ
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) September 21, 2016
"I've talked to several of our guys about it. And I think we will absolutely talk about it as a team before our first game.
I've talked to some of the guys, just what do you think? What does it mean to you? I've kind of given them my opinion, we've shared thoughts.
It's kind of the way we do things around here anyway. We like to talk about stuff, basketball or not.
And I think it's probably one of the best things that’s come out of the Kaepernick issue, is that people are talking. It's a good thing.
No matter what side of the spectrum you're on, I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country, what just happened in Tulsa two days ago, Terence Crutcher ...
Doesn't matter what side you're on in the Kaepernick stuff, you'd better be disgusted with the things that are happening.
So I understand people who are offended by his stance -- maybe they have a military family members who is offended or maybe they lost somebody in a war and that flag or the anthem means a lot more to them than someone else.
But you flip it around and what about non-violent protest? That's America, this is what our country is about, it's non-violent protest. It's what it should be about.
I think Colin has really clarified his message over the last couple weeks. I would think that something similar will happen in the NBA. And as I said, nobody has to be right, nobody has to be wrong. I would hope that everybody sort of respects each other's point of view, there are valid points of view on both sides.
But as I said, I think Colin when he met with Nate Boyer, decided to kneel instead of sit, acknowledged his respect for the military and really clarified the message that what this is really about is unarmed black people being killed indiscriminately around the country… and then it happens again two days ago…
That's the message. That's what matters. And the other stuff, they can talk about all day, nobody's right, nobody's wrong. But that matters. And everybody should be trying to do something, whatever's in their power, to help in that regard."
Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green all occupy the same Bay Area market as Kaepernick. Two weeks ago, Curry said, "I love that," referring to Kaepernick's protest.
The Warriors open training camp next week, and the team plays its first preseason game on Oct. 1 in Vancouver against the Raptors.
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