Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr criticized Trump’s idea of patriotism – an idea that apparently involves forgetting the lyrics to patriotic songs.
The Washington Post reported Wednesday evening that: “The day after the Philadelphia Eagles’ trip to the White House was called off by President Trump, Golden State Warriors Coach Steve Kerr criticized a concept of patriotism that features ‘these military sing-a-longs at the White House to show how patriotic we are — even though we don’t know the words.'”
Kerr was asked about the Minnesota Lynx, the WNBA champions who were not invited to the White House and spent their day in Washington helping underprivileged children in a southeast D.C. school. On Tuesday, Trump had disinvited the Eagles after the size of their contingent shrank to around a dozen players, replacing it with a “Celebration of America” that featured military bands. During the playing of “God Bless America,” the president, who has demanded that NFL players stand for the national anthem instead of peacefully protest to raise awareness of social injustice and policy brutality by kneeling or raising a fist, sang only part of the song.
“What you’re seeing is athletes are showing patriotism through their community service,” Kerr responded to the question, “while the president is turning all this stuff into a political game and a ratings game and a blatant display of nationalism.”
Continuing, he stated: ““Patriotism is helping your fellow citizen. Whether it’s what KD [Kevin Durant, a player for the Golden State Warriors] is doing or what we did when we visited Washington or what the Lynx are doing today that’s what patriotism is about. I’m blown away by the irony of Eagles being disinvited (to the White House) when you read about their good deeds in their communities, about Malcom Jenkins addressing lawmakers, really trying to get to the root of the issues we have. Instead we have these military sing-alongs at the White House to show how patriotic we are, even though we don’t know the words.”
Kerr concluded his remarks applauding Kevin Durant, “who is paying for four college scholarships for children at the Redwood City Boys and Girls club,” according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle.
“Kevin is incredible, the amount of good he does in the community,” Kerr said. “And not just ours. He donated a huge sum of money to his alma mater, Texas, he’s putting kids through school near his hometown and now he’s helping kids in Bay Area go to college. What this guy does is just incredible. I’m proud of him and all our guys, because they all do great work in the community. And the same thing with Cleveland, what LeBron (James) does here.
You can check out Kerr’s remarks in the clip below:
Warriors coach Steve Kerr on White House controversy:
"I'm blown away by the irony of the Eagles being disinvited. … Instead we just have these military sing-a-longs at The White House to show how patriotic we are, even though we don’t know the words." https://t.co/dLRT50KTJA pic.twitter.com/vw0vN99I4H
— ABC News (@ABC) June 6, 2018