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The coach of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors says in a new interview that America's "core values" are under attack and citizens must do more to fight false information and "propaganda."
Head coach Steve Kerr told USA Today on Friday that he believes the principles outlined in the Constitution are endangered in today's society. Kerr mentioned that he follows former acting Attorney General Sally Yates on Twitter, who recently tweeted out the preamble to the Constitution.
"There's absolutely an assault on our institutions and on our core values as a country," Kerr said. "[Yates] tweeted the preamble to the Constitution, which really sums up our country. And all those things are kind of under attack right now."
Yates was fired by President Trump from the Justice Department earlier this year after she refused to defend the first version of his controversial travel ban.
Kerr cited Yates's recent op-ed for USA Today in which she calls on Americans to value "objective truth" over "polarizing rhetoric and fabrications."
"One of the things she writes is how important it is to speak the truth, and for people to not be deceived, coerced," Kerr said.
"It's important for all of us to call bullshit, and there's a lot of bullshit right now, and propaganda, and misinformation. You can't let that happen," he added. "The truth has to always win out, and our institutions and ideals have to win out, so it's important that we speak out."
The Golden State Warriors have a history of conflict with Trump, and Kerr himself has spoken out against the Trump administration before.
In September, the team was disinvited from the traditional White House championship celebration by Trump after star player Stephen Curry told reporters that he didn't want to go.
"We believe there is nothing more American than our citizens having the right to express themselves freely on matters important to them. We're disappointed that we did not have an opportunity during this process to share our views or have an open dialogue on issues impacting our communities that we felt would be important to raise," the team said in a statement in September.