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NBA Coach: NFL Anthem Rule is ‘Fake Patriotism’

The Golden State Warriors' Steve Kerr told reporters that he found the new policy "idiotic."

By NTK Staff | 05.25.2018 @11:00am
NBA Coach: NFL Anthem Rule is ‘Fake Patriotism’

Steve Kerr, the head coach of the NBA’s Golden State Warriors, described the NFL’s new national anthem rules as “fake patriotism” while speaking to reporters Thursday, according to the California’s Press Democrat.

The coach blasted the league for the “idiotic” policy, saying that the NFL was merely “playing to their fan base.”

Kerr contrasted the NFL with the NBA and criticized football owners for conceding to the demands of President Trump:

“I’m proud to be in a league that understands patriotism in America is about free speech and peacefully protesting. Our leadership in the NBA understands when the NFL players were kneeling, they were kneeling to protest police brutality, to protest racial inequality. They weren’t disrespecting the flag or the military. But our president decided to make it about that and the NFL followed suit, pandered to their fan base, created this hysteria.

“It’s kind of what’s wrong with our country right now. People in high places are trying to divide us, divide loyalties, make this about the flag, as if the flag is something other than it really is — which is a representation of what we’re about, which is diversity, peaceful protests, right to free speech. It’s ironic, actually.”

The coach has been vocal in his criticism of the Trump administration, canceling his team’s visit to the White House after their 2017 championship.

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