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The Golden State Warriors and Steph Curry were named the 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year in part for being outspoken about politics. Should more athletes be involved in politics?

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Pop the champagne! The Golden State Warriors just earned their newest title: 2018 Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. As 2017 NBA Champions, their success on the court is unquestioned. Under the guidance of Coach Steve Kerr, the team changed basketball by prioritizing the three-point shot and putting more emphasis on higher efficiency shots. And with a team including Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green, it is no wonder that the Warriors are winning titles left and right.

Yet, Sports Illustrated chose them not for their basketball skill but rather their political impact. In a statement from Sports Illustrated, they praise Steph Curry and the Warriors for their progressive thinking in basketball and politics.

According to Bleacher Report, Sports Illustrated states, “For all the individual brilliance of Steph Curry—a selection whom few would have protested—the Warriors have always been most delightfully viewed through a collective prism. There have been superteams that have forced us to reimagine how the game is played, but none perhaps in a generation, maybe two, are so beautifully choreographed as the Warriors. The rise of the Warriors has coincided with the restoration of the NBA as a leading edge of culture that recalls the league’s prolonged boom, which began with the Magic-Larry years in the 1980s and continued through the Jordan-dominated ’90s. The current boom, too, has coincided with the increasing intersection of sports and the hard questions of politics, race and identity, among others, that have so divided the country. The Warriors—forcefully but civilly—embraced the unique platform afforded them.”

So, what did this team do? Last year, when they won the NBA 2017 Championship, the Warriors were invited to the White House. However, the team abstained from going because of President Trump’s “divisive political rhetoric and his campaign of smearing NFL players who knelt or demonstrated in some manner during the playing of the national anthem.” Coach Kerr stated, “You have to understand that what players have protested is not the military. They’re protesting police brutality and racial inequality. So if any American wants to protest that anytime, that’s their right as Americans. That’s what the military fights for, is free speech.”

Trump later revoked the invitation on Twitter saying, “Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team. Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

President Trump has since revoked another White House invitation to the Philadelphia Eagles this year, and the Warriors are not surprised. When asked about Trump’s decision, Kevin Durant stated, “What else do you expect Trump to do?”

In the past, most other professional athletes prefer to abstain from politics to protect their careers and reputations. However, the Golden State Warriors don’t shy away from speaking their mind. Should athletes keep politics out of the game? Or is it refreshing to see sports players use their fame to start important conversations? Read the full story from Bleacher Report here.


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