Trump mocks NBA coaches for staying quiet on China controversy, says Steve Kerr 'was like a little boy, he was so scared'
- U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday mocked Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr and San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich for declining to talk extensively on the NBA's ongoing controversy in China.
- Trump said Kerr was "like a little boy," saying he was "shaking" because he was "scared" to answer questions. Trump said Popovich looked less scared.
- Trump said Kerr and Popovich speak "badly" about the U.S. but didn't say anything about China, calling the situation "sad."
- The NBA has been in hot water in China after Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey tweeted a message of support for protesters in Hong Kong. Several Chinese businesses have suspended operations with the NBA and Rockets since.
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Trump on Wednesday said Kerr looked like "a little boy" while declining to discuss the incident in China. Trump said Kerr was "shaking.""I watch this guy Steve Kerr, and he was like a little boy. He was so scared to even be answering the question," Trump said. "He couldn't answer the question. He was shaking ... And yet he'll talk about the United States very badly.
"I watched Popovich, sort of the same thing, but he didn't look quite as scared, actually."But they talk badly about the United States, but when the talk's about China, they don't wanna say anything bad. I thought it was pretty sad, actually."The NBA has found itself in hot water in China in the aftermath of Morey's tweet. Though the NBA called Morey's tweet "regrettable" and recognized it offended some Chinese citizens, the league did not apologize for Morey's tweet. Silver backed Morey's freedom of speech, saying the NBA won't regulate what its members say.
In the aftermath, numerous Chinese companies have suspended operations with the Rockets and NBA, while two NBA preseason games slated to take place in China could be in danger of being canceled. Chinese state network CCTV has said it won't broadcast the games.
Trump's comments can be seen below:
Steph Curry: "Just heard about the Trump thing. Gotta welcome Steve to the club."- Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) October 9, 2019