Curry’s mother proud how he handled White House controversy

WALNUT CREEK — It took only one for Sonya Curry to reconsider her stance on using social media, on her parenting and on keeping her composure. President Donald Trump had just typed something in 140 characters, a that reverberated around the sports world and ignited an early-morning storm in her son’s household.

“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Trump tweeted nearly 2 1/2 weeks ago. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!”

Comments streamed in on Twitter as fast as the Warriors’ pace of play. Curry received praise for criticizing Trump’s rhetoric. He also received criticism for saying he would not visit the White House to celebrate the Warriors’ 2017 NBA championship. So as the supportive and hateful messages appeared online by the second, Sonya Curry’s motherly instinct suggested that she do one thing.

“I wanted to get on social media and I wanted to take up for my child,” Sonya Curry told Bay Area News Group. “I’m not a big social media person. But that was the one time I wanted to tell a whole lot of people off.”

Before she began typing in 140 characters, Sonya Curry’s husband spoke up.

“Chill out,” said Dell Curry, a former NBA player and father of Steph Curry.

Sonya Curry has kept that mindset in the subsequent weeks since then. Before and after games, she usually has sent her son text messages filled with either Bible verses or “encouraging words,” as Stephen Curry put it. When it came to talking to her son about being outspoken toward Trump, though, what perspective did Sonya Curry offer?

“Actually, none,” she said. “There’s one thing I’ve always prescribed to as a parent. You really only, as a parent, have so many years to influence your children in a more direct way.”

Instead, Sonya Curry made a deliberate attempt not to hover over her 29-year-old son as he fielded various questions that did not pertain to a ball and a hoop. Among the topics: Trump, the rejected White House visit, NFL players kneeling during the national anthem to protest racial inequality and many more.

“That’s part of him being himself and it’s what he believed,” Sonya Curry said. “I was proud of him for having the courage to do it and do it in a respectful way. We always try to say, be respectful. A lot of people wouldn’t do it. He has nothing to be ashamed about.”

Stephen and Sonya Curry appeared together at the New Jr. NBA Parent Initiative on Wednesday at John Muir Health Ultimate Fieldhouse. There, they participated in a panel discussion on how parents can positively shape their children through youth sports. Warriors center Zaza Pachulia and Warriors assistant coach Mike Brown also spoke after also participating in a youth clinic with former Warriors center Adonal Foyle.

Though Stephen Curry did not speak to reporters after the event, he spoke in-depth following Wednesday’s practice on why he has not seemed fazed with the extra praise and scrutiny.

“I’m well aware in this world you can’t please everybody,” Stephen Curry said. “There’s no reason that you should want to. I’m very comfortable understanding that fact and not letting it affect my view or stance. Especially with the spotlight I’m under and my teammates are under, people that are under the public eye are subject to that. You can’t let that shake your confidence.”

Instead, Stephen Curry has focused more on backing up his words with actions.

He has assisted with the United Nations Foundation’s “Nothing but Nets” campaign, which distributes mosquito nets to protect families across Africa from malaria. He also has supported ThanksUSA, which provides collegiate scholarships to military families. And, according to his mother, Stephen Curry has started brainstorming with his management team about other initiatives.

“He genuinely does wants to be around kids,” Sonya Curry said of Stephen, who has two daughters.
“And anything that has to do with golf. Really he’s kind of established right now and is putting his mind around where his time and resources can be most utilized.”

For now, Sonya Curry has liked how her son has utilized his platform to speak out about the President and social issues.

“He’s not easily flustered about things,” Sonya Curry said of her son. “He sees the glass as half full. Rose colored glasses, he wears that a lot with life and people.”

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