NBA Hall of Famer and TNT analyst Charles Barkley was in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday to speak at a campaign event for Doug Jones ahead of the Alabama special election for the U.S. Senate. He urged Alabama to vote for Jones over Republican candidate Roy Moore who has faced numerous sexual assault and harassment allegations involving underage girls.
Barkley said: “Alabama is my home. It’s the greatest place in the world. I love my Auburn family – War Eagle to everybody. Hey, even you Roll Tiders, welcome too. If somebody told you guys, put this election in a movie script. No, I’m being serious. If somebody sent you this as a movie script, you would throw it in the trash. You’d say, ‘There’s no way possible this other dude could be leading in any polls.’ And I mean that sincerely.”
Stan Van Gundy, Steve Kerr and Greg Popovich are the NBA’s most outspoken coaches, not hesitant to voice their opinions on social issues and not concerned about any controversy that might result. “Steve and I have texted back and forth on several occasions when things come up, a lot of times to say, ‘Wow, wasn’t it great what Pops said!’ ” Van Gundy said Friday, before his Detroit Pistons faced Kerr’s Golden State Warriors at Little Caesars Arena.
Kerr praised Van Gundy for his Time magazine op-ed piece last month entitled “Athletes Who Protest Are Patriots.” “Awesome. Stan is awesome, that op-ed was so brilliant,” Kerr said. “I loved his take on the difference between nationalism and patriotism.”
Steve Kerr: “Those lines get blurred all the time. People confuse the two. There’s a huge difference. Nationalism is sort of a blind trust in anything we do, and patriotism is keeping an eye out for the BS. We got to keep an eye out. There’s a lot of BS out there. Stan’s got his eye out. I respect that about him.”