Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images
United States President Donald Trump attacked Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr on Twitter late Friday night after Kerr once again declined to answer questions on the ongoing controversy between the NBA and China.
“So funny to watch Steve Kerr grovel and pander when asked a simple question about China,” the president tweeted. “He chocked, and looks weak and pathetic. Don’t want him at the White House!”
Trump called Kerr a “little boy” earlier in the week after Kerr initially declined to answer questions on Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey’s tweet expressing support for protests in Hong Kong.
“I watched this guy Steve Kerr and he was like a little boy, he was so scared to be even answering the question,” Trump said at the White House. “He was shaking, ‘Oh, I don’t know’ … he didn’t know how to answer the question, and yet he’ll talk about the United States very badly.”
Kerr returned fire on the president Thursday night, stating the office of the presidency has “come crashing down.”
“The office held such dignity and respect,” the Warriors coach said. “Both from the people who were visiting and especially the people who sat inside it. It’s just sad it’s come crashing down — that we are now living this.”
Despite his tough words for the president on Thursday, Kerr yet again declined to answer questions on China, Hong Kong, human rights abuses and free speech.
“The same people who are asking me to stick to sports are also asking me to expand my horizons,” he said. “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.”
In addition to not speaking on issues in China, Kerr also declined to comment on whether Daryl Morey — an American — should be fired for a tweet.
“I appreciate the fact that you have to ask me that question,” Kerr said in response to the reporter who asked about Morey. “I would hope that you appreciate my right to not answer that question because all it does is create a headline and a sound bite, and I choose not to be a sound bite tonight. Probably too late for that tonight. I choose not to be that sound bite.”