Steph Curry: Trump's attack on LeBron is 'based in some long-standing racism'

NBA star Stephen Curry says that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump renews attacks against Tester over VA nominee on eve of Montana rally Trump submits 2017 federal income tax returns Corker: Trump administration 'clamped down' on Saudi intel, canceled briefing MORE’s tweet attacking LeBron James’s intelligence last week follows a "long-standing" pattern of racism.

“That rhetoric is all based in some long-standing racism in terms of black men with a voice in power,” Curry told The Mercury News of San Jose, Calif., in an interview published on Wednesday. “Unfortunately, that’s being revealed more and more as the days go on.”


Trump jabbed James on Twitter on Saturday, calling the new Los Angeles Laker unintelligent after James told CNN's Don Lemon in an interview about his recently opened Ohio school that Trump uses sports to "divide" Americans.

Curry went on to say that it's “amazing to see” activism grow among athletes under Trump.

“Every NBA player is trying to find a way to impact, whether it’s the city they play in or where they’re from, communities at large, at-risk youth, whatever the case is. It’s very visible what guys are doing and sometimes there’s stuff that happens behind the scenes that nobody knows about,” Curry said.

“I think it’s important to understand that LeBron’s was a huge gesture and a huge accomplishment in terms of opening up a public school that can serve his community. I could go down the list of guys that are doing something in their own ways or [following] their own passions.”

“Basketball has been great for all of us, provided a way for us to provide for our families and create legacies in that sense and I think we all feel a responsibility to do our part to give back in any way that we can,” Curry added.

Curry has a history of criticizing the president and even went as far as to call him an “ass” in an interview earlier this year.

The Golden State Warrior, who has a contract with Under Armor through 2024, made the remark shortly after the Under Armour CEO Kevin Plank called Trump an “asset” to the country in an interview with CNBC.

The NBA star offered a different interpretation of the president shortly after.

“I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et,'" Curry said.