The cover shows LeBron James, Stephen Curry, and National Football League commissioner Roger Goodell linking arms in the front, with notable vocal critics of Trump and social injustice like Kerr, Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks, and Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers behind them.
A reporter asked Curry about the absence of Colin Kaepernick – the man who, last August, sparked the protests now seen throughout sports – from the cover.
This issue of the popular magazine named “A nation divided, sports united”, was previewed on Tuesday by the website’s Twitter account, though it’s expected to reach newsstands on October 2. If you don’t have Kaepernick front and center on that, then something’s wrong.
Curry added he felt the publication was “capitalizing on the hoopla and the media and all that nonsense”, per ESPN.com’s Chris Haynes. It’s kind of hard how certain narratives take place, being prisoners of the moment. “That makes zero sense at all”, he said.
Curry became the centerpiece of this discussion after his decision not to attend the White House invitation was made known to the media during Friday’s Media Day, which drew the uninvitation of a never extended future invitation by President Donald Trump. “He had the most on-the-fence comment”. At Warriors’ Media Day to open National Basketball Association training camp, Curry and Kevin Durant both said they didn’t want to visit the White House, but would let the team decide after a meeting about it. On Saturday, Trump tweeted that the Warriors were uninvited because they were hesitating, citing Curry’s comments. He, Kerr and several other Warriors have also been vocal in their distaste for Trump’s politics and his actions.
While the Sports Illustrated is a somewhat accurate display of this weekend alone, it fails to summarize the entire movement.
“I looked it and went, ‘Where the hell is Kap?'” he said, according to The Athletic’s Tim Kawakami. “I just don’t understand how you can omit the guy who basically began this movement”.