Trump Keeps Going After Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr: 'Weak and Pathetic'

John Healy
October 12, 2019 - 11:53 am

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and President Donald Trump are now in the midst of a war of words.

The two have gone back-and-forth this week after the NBA’s relationship with China has been thwarted into the forefront of the news.

Kerr, an outspoken critic of Trump — particularly on gun violence and mass shootings — has attempted to steer clear of questions regarding China’s human rights record, which led to Trump calling him a “little boy” earlier in the week.

Kerr responded on Thursday, saying that the office of the presidency has come “crashing down” and that it once held “such dignity and respect.”

On Friday night, it was Trump’s turn to respond in a typo-ed tweet.

“So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China,” Trump tweeted. “He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic.
Don’t want him at the White House!”

Trump’s tweet stemmed more from Kerr’s attempt to evade China-related questions for a second straight day on Thursday.

"The same people who are asking me to stick to sports are also asking me to expand my horizons," he said, per SF Gate. "I guess that's what I'm hearing. Again, I will speak on the things I'm comfortable with. I will do things I believe are helpful for my country. I love my country, despite what President Trump said yesterday."

The subject of China and Hong Kong took center stage in the NBA when Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey voiced his support for the protestors in a now-deleted tweet last week, which resulted in backlash from the Chinese government and left the NBA in an awkward position to defend free speech but also keep its business relationship with China intact.

The NBA’s initial response to Morey’s tweet elicited condemnation from politicians on both sides of the aisle.

The Los Angeles Lakers and Brooklyn Nets are currently in China for preseason games. The NBA cancelled all media availability for the remainder of the trip on Saturday, a day after the Chinese government cancelled all scheduled press conferences and media availability prior to the game on Thursday.

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