Curry has experienced racism on the golf course, too, and says he can’t imagine what Elder went through. “When my dad was looking for memberships at certain places, you kind of could get that vibe and hear the chatter. He was obviously a professional athlete, so there was a little bit of a dull of the effect, honestly. But you still had heads turn when you show up to a course, if you didn’t know anybody or they were questioning why you were there or they didn’t know who my dad was at the time. I started playing when I was, like, 10 in ’98, ’99. Go back 45 years, I can’t imagine what [Elder] went through, man. I cannot. I cannot imagine,” said Curry, who interviewed Elder through his Curry Brand on Sunday.
“Golf is such an individual sport. I can’t imagine how lonely that was, with the anticipation and buildup. To cross that threshold for the first time and the uncertainty and the unknown there, with it only being him and the magnitude of that moment, I honestly can’t imagine it. Going into the [NBA] Finals or going into a hostile [NBA road] environment, sounds like a life-or-death situation, but at least you have 12, 13 other guys to lean on and give you that juice. He was out there by himself and all on his own, keeping his composure and representing himself amazingly through it all.”