Sports | September 28, 2017 9:04 am

Steph Curry Thinks Sports Illustrated’s ‘Protest’ Cover Is ‘Terrible’

Sports magazine pictured number of players, including Curry, Photoshopped together.

It’s worth revisiting the reason why Colin Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem back in 2016: to protest “the oppressed,” police brutality, and racial and social injustice.

The circus that’s followed, led by President Trump’s Twitter-finger and the misrepresentation of protests as unpatriotic—not to mention the NFL’s weak Week 3 response—has made a quick mockery of that original message. Throw in Trump’s additional disinviting Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry to the White House (who, at the time, had said he didn’t want to come anyway), and you have yourself a truly ugly affair.

Some of that blame, at least from Curry’s perspective, also falls on the shoulders of Sports Illustrated, who Photoshopped a number of sports figures together on its latest cover—including LeBron James, Curry, and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, locking arms in the front row—emblazoned with the cover line, “A Nation Divided/Sports United.”

Of the cover, Curry said, “That was terrible. It was capitalizing on the hoopla in the media and all that nonsense.” He went on to say, “If you don’t have Kaepernick front and center on that [cover] then something’s wrong.”