NBA coach Steve Kerr blasts “idiotic” NFL anthem policy

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The NFL isn’t merely being criticized by pandering politicians or labor unions who weren’t consulted on their anthem policy “compromise,” they’re catching it from other sports as well.

Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr blasted the NFL for its decision to mandate that players stand for the anthem or stay in the locker room, calling it “typical” of the way football does business.

“They’re basically trying to use the anthem as fake patriotism, nationalism, scaring people,” Kerr said, via Ron Kroichick of the San Francisco Chronicle. “It’s idiotic, but that’s how the NFL has handled their business. I’m proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech, peacefully protesting.

“I think our leadership in the NBA understands that the NFL players were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military. Our President decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fan base.

“That created this hysterical, . . . It’s kind of what’s wrong with our country right now. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties and make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than what it really is.

“It’s a representation of what we’re about — diversity, peaceful protest, right to free speech. It’s really ironic, actually, what the NFL is doing.”

The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem, but professional basketball has also operated from a position of trust with its labor force, and a track record of social involvement and willingness to take stands. The NBA also consulted with players when formulating their anthem policy, which seemed to go a long way with labor.

Kerr and the Warriors are also used to sticking it to the man, as their invitation to the White House for winning last year’s NBA title was rescinded by Donald Trump after a number of players said they wouldn’t go. Kerr also referred to Trump as a “blowhard,” which gives him something in common with at least one NFL owner.

128 responses to “NBA coach Steve Kerr blasts “idiotic” NFL anthem policy

  1. That was a really well thought out and articulated statement. Unfortunately neither of those characteristics can be applied to anything the president says.

    The NFL got it wrong on this one for the reasons stated above. I blame Goodell and the owners for caving to which way the wind is blowing at any given moment.

  2. Well said. The “President” doesn’t seem to understand that the sacrifices made by brave men and women were in the name of actual freedom, not a mark or song that represents it.

  3. Steve Kerr needs to tell his “star” Curry to stop “shimmying” when he makes a play on the court, essentially looking like a tool. And when it is all said and done and they LOSE Game 4, Curry needs to STEP UP and answer reporters questions after the game instead of sending a bench role player out there to face the media. Curry is what is wrong with America today.

    That said, Steve Kerr, worry about basketball and forget about commenting on football, Houston isn’t going away as easily as you thought eh Steve?

  4. Hey Steve…..even with the buffoon knows as Roger Goodell running things…..the NFL is still far more successful than the NBA. You might worry about why that is before tossing stones.

  5. The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem, but professional basketball has also operated from a position of trust with its labor force, and a track record of social involvement and willingness to take stands. The NBA also consulted with players when formulating their anthem policy, which seemed to go a long way with labor.
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    I don’t think you can just smooth over the distinction like that. I think the real irony is that he is trying to cast stones while working in a league that forces players to stand–at least they now have a choice in the NFL not to partake.

  6. I found it unpatriotic way before the President chimed in. But keep making about the president that you want to fail, but who has only made things better, for the last 13 months.

    Sorry he’s winning!

    Funny how PFT works so hard to prevent the true voice of majority opinion from being shared. But yet any derogatory comment of the President is always published.

    Agenda much?

  7. This belongs in the NBA section. Why is everyone forgetting the 75,000 resounding boo’s that would occur when a player or players took a knee??? Quit using Trump as an out. This is in fact what most American’s want– no protests during sports.

    Side fact- Doesn’t the NBA have a rule that all players must stand for the anthem?? What’s Mr. Kerr think about that? Take your left view bias elsewhere.

  8. The reason the owners passed this was because of the empty seats, and declining tv numbers. They don’t want to alienate the majority of their fan bases. Then they can use Trump as a scapegoat. And he’s happy to take credit for it.

  9. Too bad none of the NFL coaches have the nads to express an opinion either way… Everyone is cowering to Lt Bonespurs and his misguided version of patriotism.

  10. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties and make this about the flag,
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    Maybe it could also be an employer telling employees how to represent the employer’s product while in the employer’s uniform so as to not hurt the employer’s business. I am not so sure that has anything to do with free speech but what do I know I’m just an internet troll.

  11. Kerr’s father was assassinated as a U.S. Diplomat if you were not aware….Not only that, but he was just answering a question. Whether you agree with him or not by looking at the comments some of you need to RELAX!

  12. billswillnevermove says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    Thank you liberal Steve, now go away and take the NBA with you.

    Except the NBA is the model the NFL aspires to be. Internationally the NFL doesn’t hold a candle to the NBA, Gronk and JJ Watt can go to China, Paris or South Africa and no one would know who the hell they were. Same can’t be said of Steph Curry, or James Harden.

  13. We were united in standing for the anthem for decades.
    So whoever you say is trying to divide us is whoever tries to change that unity. They’ve even divided themselves, as some say they are protesting police, others say protesting inequality.
    Their mouths say unity, but their actions say chaos.

  14. It is amazing how Kerr and Popovich get these comments into the media right after their teams play like garbage. Of course, the liberal media plays right along, because they know how to get good attention while deflecting unwanted attention on just how lousy their coaching was.

    Curious though why he hasn’t had anything to say about the NBA’s anthme policy all these years.

  15. drekomp says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    Well said. The “President” doesn’t seem to understand that the sacrifices made by brave men and women were in the name of actual freedom, not a mark or song that represents it.
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    True, but Obama isn’t president anymore.

  16. Steve Kerr needs to tell his “star” Curry to stop “shimmying” when he makes a play on the court, essentially looking like a tool. And when it is all said and done and they LOSE Game 4, Curry needs to STEP UP and answer reporters questions after the game instead of sending a bench role player out there to face the media. Curry is what is wrong with America today.

    That said, Steve Kerr, worry about basketball and forget about commenting on football, Houston isn’t going away as easily as you thought eh Steve?
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    He already has Mutiple rings as a player AND a coach. His resume is already cemented. Ask anyone from another country about the NFL and watch how many blank stares you get. I went to South Africa and couldn’t find a TV set within 500 miles that would show a NFL game. Same couldn’t be said about the NBA. Games shown in every bar.

  17. marcsasharc says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    Steve Kerr and Popovich continue to be the leaders our politicians should be.
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    Because they are in agreement with people who do not believe in the Liberties and personal freedoms that America stands for?

    That’s an awfully strange position unless you too believe that all rights and power belong to the state and government grants to you whatever limited rights they choose.

  18. youngnoizecom says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    A bunch of guys with little to no education calling Kerr an idiot for thoughtful, educated commentary, this my friends is America.
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    Agree 100%. Unreal. I’m actually even happy the NFL made the rule, but not gonna bash a guy for giving his opinion. Especially when it is an intelligent one.

  19. “The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem”

    LOL – Kerr sounds like an idiot. Using his own liberal ideologies to hide behind the fact that the NBA requires players to stand. I knew that California drinking water was poison. Just leave the union, that state is garbage.

  20. nhpats says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    Hey Steve…..even with the buffoon knows as Roger Goodell running things…..the NFL is still far more successful than the NBA. You might worry about why that is before tossing stones.
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    Successful in what way!? Oh you mean in the good ole USA! Lol. Globally it’s not even close and let’s not talk about player salaries! The NFL is only popular in THIS country, but considered a joke around the globe! Kinda like your president!

  21. Steve Kerr would be the first to kick a player out of the team if he started expressing support on court for President Trump, or against illegal immigration, or for police or against abortion. What a hypocrite!

  22. His 52-year-old father Malcolm was murdered by the Islamic Jihad (later, elements of Islamic Jihad formed Hezbollah) on the morning of January 18, 1984, while he was serving as president of the American University of Beirut. His father was shot twice in the back of his head, by gunmen using silencer-equipped handguns, in the hallway outside his office. The Kerr family sued the Iranian government under the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996.

    Now he defends his father’s killers at every turn. SMH.

  23. jbaxt says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm
    I found it unpatriotic way before the President chimed in. But keep making about the president that you want to fail, but who has only made things better, for the last 13 months.

    Sorry he’s winning!

    Funny how PFT works so hard to prevent the true voice of majority opinion from being shared. But yet any derogatory comment of the President is always published.

    Agenda much?

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    it appears your point of view is a bit…um… unintelligent. i am being nice here. try gaining a grasp on reality. 😀

  24. mullman7675 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:52 pm
    @jbaxt: He’s not winning.

    He’s a kook.

    Shake yourself.

    ————-

    – Record high stock market
    – Consumer confidence up
    – Record low unemployment for blacks and minorities
    – Huge tax cut for people who actually pay income taxes
    – N. Korea actually discussion giving up nuclear aspirations
    – Undoing massive numbers of Obama’s business-killing regulations
    – Leftist media in a 24×7 tizzy

    Winning….and winning big

  25. He’s spot on and the hillbilly right can’t deal with it

  26. Why is it for every 1 millionaire conservative, there are like 10 millionaire liberals?…

    Isn’t that a common criticism levied against conservatives? the party of the rich?

    The inconvenient truth is liberals have become the party of the rich!!!

  27. marcsasharc says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:35 pm
    Steve Kerr and Popovich continue to be the leaders our politicians should be.
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    Because they are in agreement with people who do not believe in the Liberties and personal freedoms that America stands for?

    That’s an awfully strange position unless you too believe that all rights and power belong to the state and government grants to you whatever limited rights they choose.

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    because they speak with intelligence and perspective unlike you’re terrible attempt at assuming. Nevermind your Breitbart view of the world. I suggest opening your mind a little. 😀

  28. Will Steve Kerr EVER learn to keep his stupid mouth shut? Evidently, he along with other over-entitled players did not see all of the empty seats in partially filled NFL stadiums last year. Kerr and the clown players who agree with his position must also be unaware of the severe drop in television viewing of NFL games. All of which will, eventually, lead to reduced revenues and less money for the players. If they keep up with their nonsense, these moronic players will kill the goose that lays eggs of gold. I wonder, why did Kaperdick and his supporters choose to disrespect the flag and anthem of our great nation to symbolize their protest? Are they black people first and Americans second? Who is allowed to protest in any way shape or form at their place of employment anyway? Anyone who has ever served in the U.S. military will take very seriously any kind of disrespect to the flag that symbolizes the U.S.A. and our national anthem. Tell the morons to protest somewhere outside of the area of their employment, like regular people do..

  29. Economy booming, unemployment at all-time lows-especially for African Americans, ISIS on the run, hostages free from NKorea, and Steve Kerr is worried about another sport and OUR President?

    Please Steve, if you had the gumption, why doesn’t your team kneel? Oh, I forgot, IT’S FORBIDDEN!!!

    So, enough of your grandstanding as you try to describe the NBA as a beacon of trust, uniformity, blah, blah, blah, when your own NBA bi-laws FCORCE you and your team to STAND.

    Oh, and the NBA blows.

    Liberals have no shame.

  30. Who? I stopped following the NBA when it turned out the refs were mob owned, but I’m sure they have tons of integrity otherwise.

  31. mrsir89 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    He should avoid these conversations and concentrate on let’s say… his basketball team? For say?

    Good point. Maybe then they might actually win something.

  32. unkleruckus says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:00 pm
    nhpats says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:41 pm
    Hey Steve…..even with the buffoon knows as Roger Goodell running things…..the NFL is still far more successful than the NBA. You might worry about why that is before tossing stones.
    ——————-
    Successful in what way!? Oh you mean in the good ole USA! Lol. Globally it’s not even close and let’s not talk about player salaries! The NFL is only popular in THIS country, but considered a joke around the globe! Kinda like your president!

    ———-

    My President? I didn’t vote for him…..but since he was elected he is all of our President. And I for one wish him success. And as an American, why would I care about what other people around the globe think of the NFL vs the NBA? Here in America, the NFL is king. I am not even sure the NBA beats out MLB, NHL or PGA Golf.

  33. Bob Schoenle says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:06 pm
    Will Steve Kerr EVER learn to keep his stupid mouth shut? Evidently, he along with other over-entitled players did not see all of the empty seats in partially filled NFL stadiums last year.
    =====

    Um, yeah. Except for terrible teams that have had trouble drawing for years, nothing like that happened.

    Meanwhile, in NASCAR, where no one EVER disrespects the anthem, attendance and ratings are plummeting precipitously.

  34. “Because they are in agreement with people who do not believe in the Liberties and personal freedoms that America stands for?

    That’s an awfully strange position unless you too believe that all rights and power belong to the state and government grants to you whatever limited rights they choose.”

    Good grief. You know that’s exactly what Trump is doing on this issue. Right? He’s demanding how you behave. That the “power” on the issue doesn’t just belong to the state but to him! But you’re missing that point. Aren’t you? Because you agree with him. But what happens when you disagree with him?

    Good lord. Some of you people are daft.

    And please. Spare me any derisive snowflake or lib comments. Because I ain’t those. Right of center. Son of a career military officer. But Trump ain’t right on this. He’s takin away your right to act freely. Stop being so blind. Or daft.

  35. Again, a spoiled NBA player that turned NBA coach. Who cares what you stand for or what you think about anything outside of basketball? If you want to be taken seriously for anything said outside of that arena then pay for TV and radio time to do so. Kerr is an NBA basketball coach that is lucky to have free tv and radio media around. So he takes advantage of it. Simpy put use a paid vehicle to do so Stevie. Oh, it cost too much, well that shut up. Steve Kerr basically thinks he’s coastal elite.

  36. jdphx says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Kerr criticizes a rule… that HIS league already has in place?

    Hilarious.
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    Too many comments like this. Read what he said in “context” and focus on how the NBA worked with the players and their union representatives to try and change communities and work at trying to understand the diversity America has always had since its founding instead of division. It’s really not very hard to understand and the NFL made great strides to that end until Trump threw red meat to a crowd and loved their reaction enough to make it his new pet project. The NFL then felt forced to appease the POTUS just like most members of the GOP who can’t stand his divisive politics but are afraid he might tweet about them. They are spineless.

  37. According to the NBA’s guidelines, “players, coaches and trainers are to stand and line up in a dignified posture along the sidelines or on the foul line” during the playing of the national anthem. NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said he expects NBA players to stand for the anthem, but has not said what would happen if any players refused to stand for the anthem. The WNBA has a similar policy, but has waived the policy in the past to allow for the kinds of protests that have become prominent in the NFL.

    What does Kerr say about that????????

  38. Wow, good job PFT, I see you’re actually letting posts through that aren’t of the liberal opinion. It’s nice to see for a change, and seems the votes aren’t being moderated either.

    Imagine a country where majority ruled. Or maybe one where the 5% didn’t whine so much.

  39. Erik Gainer says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:51 pm
    Kerr’s father was assassinated as a U.S. Diplomat if you were not aware….Not only that, but he was just answering a question. Whether you agree with him or not by looking at the comments some of you need to RELAX!
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    So, many folks have lost their father defending this country, what makes his more special?

  40. “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color” – Colin Kaepernick

    Yes.
    It was/is about the flag.
    Don’t let the spin doctors fool you into believing it wasn’t.

  41. “I think our leadership in the NBA understands that the NFL players were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military.“
    ————————————————

    Guess what Steve, nobody cares what people say it’s about when you decide to protest during the anthem. The message is instantly lost because it is disrespectful. You don’t get to decide when other people can be offended. Your smug liberal attitude may work in your California bubble but not anywhere else.

  42. Hi, my name is Steve Kerr. My opinions not only matter, but are correct. I know everything!!

  43. Although he made a few valid points, he lost me on the “dividing America” portion of his diatribe. It’s well established that his (obvious) preferred party’s cottage industry is to divide Americans of all colors and socioeconomic backgrounds with the pitch, “ you are getting screwed by (fill in the blank) and if you vote for us we’ll take care of you. He is either too obstinate or obtuse to recognize this irony.

  44. Trump could probably coach the heavily stacked Warriors to a title. Congrats Kerr and Durant on your store-bought championship.

  45. Players can be as socially active and protest all they want, just do it on their own time and not on the league’s time. Do you think if a player criticizes the police or president on twitter, the media wouldn’t love that type of controversial story?

  46. jdphx says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:54 pm

    Kerr criticizes a rule… that HIS league already has in place?

    Hilarious.
    —————–

    No, he’s criticizing the NFL’s inept handling of the anthem nonsense.

  47. bakerhawk says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Most of the people on this site seems to be of old racist people when it comes to politics. I agree with Steve Kerr.
    ______________
    You are certainly proving the adage that those that see everything through the prism of race are the biggest racists around. Try to win a debate on merit not by attempting to silence those with whom you disagree by word-thinking.

  48. So Steve, can you please answer this:

    Why does the NBA make it mandatory for the players to stand during the anthem, if kneeling wasn’t directed towards the flag and what it means?

    I’m all for protesting police brutality and as you point out, NBA players take to social media with no repercussions, just like an NFL player would be able to do – however, when they decided to disrespect the anthem by kneeling, THEY made it about that act and NOT what they most likely intended.

    Simply do these protests on your own time – I don’t want to sit down and watch a game and have left or right wing ideology shoved down my throat, I can go to Fox or CNN for that.

  49. “Our President decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit and pandered to their fan base.”

    ******************************************************************************

    Nailed it. NFL appeases its fan base in the name of $$$$$. 99% of said fan base can’t even see through it and goes on consuming more and more.

  50. jbaxt says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    I found it unpatriotic way before the President chimed in. But keep making about the president that you want to fail, but who has only made things better, for the last 13 months.

    Sorry he’s winning!

    Funny how PFT works so hard to prevent the true voice of majority opinion from being shared. But yet any derogatory comment of the President is always published.

    Agenda much?
    ……………………………….

    At first I loved this post and still morally do. My problem is that I see you factually being 100% correct, but I have an issue with the word “winning”. I don’t think our President should be competing against citizens by definition. As often as so many of these uneducated liberals annoy me at times, they are still my brothers. I would like to educate them, not beat them. I think we all should watch our words bit and not to try to divide or compete…..IMO.

  51. youngnoizecom says:
    A bunch of guys with little to no education calling Kerr an idiot for thoughtful, educated commentary, this my friends is America.
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    Oh no I’m plenty educated, and he’s an America hating commie idiot.

    Just wanted to clarify that.

  52. When Steve Kerr has players that kneel during the anthem, and fans marching around the stadium and staying away from games in protest, AND the NBA removes their own policy that requires their own players to stand, THEN he can speak forcefully about another organization.

  53. The only thing the NBA cares about at this time is how to make sure lebron wins games 6 and 7 at all costs no matter how rigged it looks to everyone watching. What a league, rigging a game for 1 certain player to make the finals year after year. A complete sham joke of a league

  54. Time to split this country in half. Heck with it. Dems get the coasts and dimwits get the middle. You want the wall so bad, we’ll chip in now. Stand for your flag. Salute his excellency. Shoot up each other’s schools. Drill up every square inch of open land. Eat your gov’t supplied vicodin. Watch your tank parades. Ignore facts. Ignore “innocent until proven guilty.” Have a hoe-down blast. We’ll have a real democracy and treat each other respectfully on our side working hard as always. Sick of carrying you all and getting lumped in with you.

  55. weepingjebus says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:12 pm
    Who? I stopped following the NBA when it turned out the refs were mob owned, but I’m sure they have tons of integrity otherwise.
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    And tons of fans. The NBA is a global sport second only to soccer in international popularity. The NFL is trying to copy their blueprint by expanding to London and Mexico…..good luck with that! Only Americans really care about the “other” football.

  56. You are criticizing the NFL for implementing the same rule as you?

    That is incredible.

    How can you say this with a straight face? How is this not being ripped apart in the media? The NBA has always mandated that their players stand for the anthem. The NFL decides to do it, and you call them weak?

    Why don’t your coward players take a knee? Why don’t they stand up to police brutality?

  57. Still amazed that the man who ran an entire campaign on saying “America sucks” has the gall to accuse others of insufficient national pride.

  58. jbaxt says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:23 pm

    Wow, good job PFT, I see you’re actually letting posts through that aren’t of the liberal opinion. It’s nice to see for a change, and seems the votes aren’t being moderated either.

    Imagine a country where majority ruled. Or maybe one where the 5% didn’t whine so much.
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    Don’t get carried away. A Liberal person could say the same thing about the concervative opinions. Most people see through their own prism…

  59. whats idiotic is putting steph curry on the bench with a 10 point lead when he is hot fire and nobody else is doing anything and blowing ur 10 point 3rd quarter lead

  60. Pocari Sweat says:
    May 24, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    Serious question, why don’t NBA players take a knee?

    Do they care less than NFL players?
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    Maybe they figured out it was a pointless gesture, and the only thing it accomplishes is causing division. It’s the laziest form of “protesting” ever.

  61. seahawkboymike says:
    May 24, 2018 at 4:50 pm
    youngnoizecom says:
    A bunch of guys with little to no education calling Kerr an idiot for thoughtful, educated commentary, this my friends is America.
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    Oh no I’m plenty educated, and he’s an America hating commie idiot.

    Just wanted to clarify that.

    ———————————-

    Ha! It’s all in your head bro.

  62. thermanmerman99 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 5:04 pm
    The only thing the NBA cares about at this time is how to make sure lebron wins games 6 and 7 at all costs no matter how rigged it looks to everyone watching. What a league, rigging a game for 1 certain player to make the finals year after year. A complete sham joke of a league

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    All b.s. aside. One of the best comments. Glad other people see it.

  63. This is going to be a disaster…
    What will these dumb ass owners do. If every black player in the league. Now, decides to kneel during the national racist song. That’s what’s coming, mark my words…

  64. boiler72 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:59 pm
    “The NBA also requires players to stand for the anthem”

    LOL – Kerr sounds like an idiot. Using his own liberal ideologies to hide behind the fact that the NBA requires players to stand. I knew that California drinking water was poison. Just leave the union, that state is garbage.

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    Says Brad from Wyoming 😀 😀 😀

  65. For all those who still insist that kneeling is somehow unpatriotic and/or disrespectful to the military, you might consider that the person that came up with the idea of kneeling, as opposed to merely sitting, during the anthem is a Green Beret veteran. Yeah, that’s right – you can find fault all you want to with Kerr and defend the president (who regularly disparages veterans and is a draft dodger himself), but your “patriotism” is wanting…the fake patriotism you display is just that – fake.

  66. I hope NFL players stay in the locker room for the anthem. The NFL loves the flybys and soldiers they pay for to do their bidding before games. The NFL has falsely included the military into their show, based solely on the profit motive.This country has descended into a hole of false patriotism. If the anthem is so hallowed why don’t the NFL teams close their concession stands when the anthem is being played? The last week of the season 7 NFL players didn’t stand for the anthem so the NFL has tried to solve a problem that doesn’t really exist. I hope it blows up in their face.

  67. Flash1287 says:
    May 24, 2018 at 3:46 pm
    The NBA rule on the SAME subject is even more strict
    So I’m not sure what he’s talking about apparently neither does he.
    – – – –

    Steve Kerr didn’t get a vote when the NBA started to force players to stand for the anthem
    in the early 90s (which was in response to Chris Jackson aka Mahmoud Abdul Rauf sitting during the anthem because of his Islamic beliefs).

    So don’t bash Kerr for a rule he had nothing to do with.

  68. If every black player in the league. Now, decides to kneel
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    I pray this happens. I will laugh when the highest salary in the league is less than $10m.

    Trust me, the lesson will be taught to these guys as hard as they want it to.

  69. I did two years of service in Tucson and El Paso and I love the University of Arizona so much. However, Kerr is embarrassing this illustrious institution. Don’t be a dummy. GO ROCKETS

  70. “That created this hysterical, . . . It’s kind of what’s wrong with our country right now. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties and make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than what it really is.”
    …Yeah, wanting our citizens to stand TOGETHER during the national anthem is so divisive. If your protesting because our nation is not taking steps toward correcting a problem you believe in then forfeit your citizenship. If it’s really not about the flag then take a stand that actually costs you something. Drop your citizenship because things are bad (according to you) and then you can consider signing back up whenever you decide things are the way they need to be. This way you don’t have to be a member of a country that is so offensive to you.

  71. If every black player in the league. Now, decides to kneel
    —————–

    I pray this happens. I will laugh when the highest salary in the league is less than $10m.

    Trust me, the lesson will be taught to these guys as hard as they want it to.
    ======================================================
    The players get 55%, and the owners get 45%. So what you’re saying is stick it to owners.

  72. “Kerr also referred to Trump as a “blowhard,” which gives him something in common with at least one NFL owner.”

    That one NFL owner has seemingly gained a lot of credibility ever since his team finally won a Super Bowl.

  73. This is hilarious. The NBA compels its players to stand for the Anthem. The NFL does not. The NFL gives its players the individual choice, which NBA players do not enjoy, whether to participate in the Anthem ceremony. Which league is more dictatorial?

  74. Screw Kerr – the only thing I value from him is his coaching which at this moment hasn’t been stellar. Best basketball team assembled on earth, maybe he should talk less and coach more.

  75. the person that came up with the idea of kneeling, as opposed to merely sitting, during the anthem is a Green Beret veteran.
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    I’m a veteran who served during a time of war. I think it’s disrespectful. There cancelled out his statement.

    Oh and I’m black – cancelled Kap out too.

  76. When you’re out there on company time being paid by your employer who’s a franchise of the NFL and the NFL wants it done a certain way, you do it a certain way.

    When you’re on company time, it’s not your personal show. It’s not your protest time. It’s not YOUR time. It’s not YOUR show. It’s the NFL.

    Hate to break it to you, but that’s life. You get something in return for your talent, and it’s called money.

  77. I still can’t get past that the NBA has this policy and has had it for a while. I remember all the hubub involved with Abdul-Rauf. It’s funny. It is very similar to what has happened in the NFL. Fans got mad about it. The owners weren’t happy about it, so they made this rule. The NFL probably could have handled it better, but it does seem like they ended up in the same place.

  78. Hey Kerr. Karma brah. Bit you in the ass tonight. Focus on your team stupid instead of worrying about what NFL is doing.

  79. Kerr’s now losing the Western Conference Finals 3-2. James Harden didn’t even have a good game. I guess he should have paid more attention to his game than slander the NFL.

  80. @nhpats:

    All your points are according to Hannity and Fox.

    All your points spewed by people trying to say global warming is a hoax perpetuated by the Chinese.

    Congratulations.

    Drumphers are gonna curl up in a little ball when the orange faced payaso is kicked out of office in 2020.

    Can’t wait.

  81. Should have spent more of his time drawing up some out-of-bounds plays. Last 2 games were great to watch. Hopefully he can come with some more left-wing talking points before game 6.

  82. justintuckrule says:
    May 24, 2018 at 5:05 pm
    Time to split this country in half. Heck with it. Dems get the coasts and dimwits get the middle. You want the wall so bad, we’ll chip in now. Stand for your flag. Salute his excellency. Shoot up each other’s schools. Drill up every square inch of open land. Eat your gov’t supplied vicodin. Watch your tank parades. Ignore facts. Ignore “innocent until proven guilty.” Have a hoe-down blast. We’ll have a real democracy and treat each other respectfully on our side working hard as always. Sick of carrying you all and getting lumped in with you.

    ******************

    Been thinking the same for years. Just imagine how nice it would be when coastal economies are no longer saddled with carrying all these backward places.

  83. The NBA has fined & suspended a player for not standing due to his religious beliefs & he is going to say they have it right? They ran that guy out of the league & out of the country. Kerr was a bit part player then, so he should remember it.
    The NBA does listen to their players better, but they make them stand all the same, but give them a T’shirt with a slogan, then profit off the sales of the shirt.
    But i guess having a leader say “hey, we will listen” then never really have that conversation is better than having a leader just out right say “do as I tell you to do”.

  84. We should do away with national anthems at all sporting events. Let’s establish a doctrine of separation of recreation and state. Honestly, if we as a country need to have people singing off-key, half-hearted homage to the country at these events on a daily basis, are we really any better than countries like Russia or North Korea where everyone is forced to behave as though patriotic? I’ve no problem if it’s done at the Army-Navy game or on holidays like the 4th of July. But every game every day? What are we afraid of?

  85. Ok, so stand or get out of the country….how about know the words the the Anthem or get out of the country? Our own President does not know the words to our own Anthem. I think that’s more tragic than the kneeling issue. The song’s words mean something.

  86. Hey Kerr. Suggest you pay more attention to your NBA team.
    You are a pathetic person if you think most of us care what you think on anything.
    HINT++ We don’t.

  87. Steve Kerr (and many commenting) are conveniently ignoring that the NBA has had WAAAY stricter requirement for the anthem for literally decades. And unlike the NFL, there is absolutely ZERO leeway. You must stand, period. No waiting in the locker rooms either. This is why not ONE of your favorite NBA players have taken a knee.

    So now you’re left scratching your head. What’s the deal with this apparent inconsistency or hypocrisy? My observation: People are being emotionally hijacked to behave as though the NFL is literally the government. Roger Goodel can resolve these issues, not your elected state and local officials, not the mayor, governor, or any other elected official that is literally paid to respond to you. Baffling.

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