Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr has spent a lot of energy attacking the president.
In doing so, Kerr exposed himself as an insufferable liberal on a host of topics.
But now one sports host is taking Kerr to task for hypocrisy on one particular hot-button issue.
The unfortunate shooting death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento triggered protests by Black Lives Matter, who blockaded Kings games until the organization gave in to their demands.
When Kerr was asked about the issue, his response was frustrated and defensive, which was immediately noted by controversial sports commentator Jason Whitlock.
Monday, Fox Sports 1 “Speak for Yourself” co-host Jason Whitlock called Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr a “hypocrite” and “limousine liberal” for being “flippant” when asked about skipping the protest for Stephon Clark, who recently died at the hands of police.
Kerr defended his decision over the weekend to skip the rally, saying, “You can be accusatory if you like. I’m comfortable with what our team does and with what I do.”
Whitlock argued that Kerr comes off as a “limousine liberal” and “hypocrite” because he was so defensive.
“He looked like a hypocrite,” Whitlock stated. “He looked flippant. If you saw his comments even before that, he blew off the question — ‘What do you mean? We’ve got a basketball game. We’ve got to prepare for a basketball game.’ It was almost like, ‘Are you crazy? We’re here to play a basketball game and you want me to participate in some protest?’ And again, it’s easy to talk about it and to applaud from the sidelines and tell everyone, ‘Yeah, that’s right. Go and protest. Go do this, go do that.’ It’s all a bunch of virtue signaling not backed up by actions. And so I’m glad he was called out.”
Whitlock went on to say, “[H]e thought the whole line of questioning was preposterous and that’s my problem with the limousine liberal elites like Steve Kerr. Again, they’re great from their limo. And they’ll throw a check out the window, and say, ‘You take care of that. I’m going to be in my safe space and good luck with the march.’ He’s a hypocrite. I’m glad the guy called him out.”
Kerr’s full comment on the issue didn’t portray him in a better light.
From Bleacher Report:
A Sacramento, California, reporter questioned Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Saturday about him and his team not attending the march for Stephon Clark put on by former Warriors and Sacramento Kings forward Matt Barnes.
According to ESPN’s Chris Haynes, a reporter asked Kerr if he was being contradictory by not attending.
Kerr said the following in response:
“It’s up to each individual if he is going to pick his spots to make his contribution to society. I’m very confident and comfortable in my own skin. And [our players] what they do for our communities, the way they speak out, the way I’ve spoken out. I feel very, very confident in what we’ve tried to do and I’m also very, very serious about my job. So, you can balance that whichever way you want. You can be accusatory if you like. I’m comfortable with what our team does and with what I do.”
Kerr has been outspoken on social issues in recent years, as have the Warriors’ two biggest star players in Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry.
After a series of black people getting shot by police in 2016, Kerr said, “I would hope that every American is disgusted with what is going on around the country,” according to Marissa Payne of the Washington Post.
Kerr also expressed support for former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick protesting during the national anthem.
Although no Warriors players or personnel attended Saturday’s rally, Kings guard Garrett Temple was there, per Rhiannon Walker of ESPN’s The Undefeated.
Apparently Kerr doesn’t like it when he’s expected to toe the party line on every issue. This is precisely why fans want sports divorced from politics.
When people watch a Kerr press conference, they don’t want to be harangued on gun control or any other progressive issue du jour.