Seattle Storm point guard Sue Bird reiterated Friday that the team’s players would not have interest in visiting the White House if an invitation is extended to the WNBA’s new champions. “At this point, it doesn’t even really need to be discussed,” Bird said. “It’s come up. We paid attention to what happened with Minnesota not getting invited. Everyone knew when everything happened with Steph Curry and LeBron (James) on social media, all that stuff. We all pay attention and we watch.
“So it wasn’t an actual conversation where we sat down and said, ‘Hey guys, what do you want to do if this happens?’ First of all, we wouldn’t have, because you can’t do that until you win. You don’t want any bad juju. But I think it’s safe to say we all kind of were on the same page with that.”
Other Storm players agreed with Bird’s stance, which she first shared with Seattle TV station KING5 on Thursday, a day after the Storm completed a WNBA Finals sweep of the Washington Mystics. “For what we stand for in Seattle, and what we stand for in the league, I think it’s pretty evident that we don’t want to go,” All-Star shooting guard Jewell Loyd said. “So thanks for the non-invite.”
Stephen Curry has been one of the best five players in the NBA for the better part of the last half decade, and his willingness to engage in conversations about social justice issues has been just as impressive. … Curry has been one of many athletes in the sports world to make sure that he speaks his mind when appropriate, and he spoke to BBC about why it’s important for him to use his platform to speak on the social issues plaguing the country.
Stephen Curry: “If I say something, I can tweet it out and the whole world can read it. You can own that, more so than generations of the past where maybe you had to go through different channels,” said Curry. “So there’s more eyeballs and ears around what we have to say, and we have an opportunity and a platform to speak for those who can’t speak for themselves.”
Los Angeles Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher tonight that the NBA not only has a more racially diverse – and younger – fan base than the NFL, but encourages its players to “express themselves.” “I’ll speak for the NBA,” Ballmer said tonight. “We believe our players should express themselves. We are pleased to see our players express themselves. I encourage our players, use your platform. Speak.”