Athletes and celebrities have become more accessible than ever thanks to social media. Like everybody else, they can give their opinions on everything in one place for everyone to see.
Naturally, well-known individuals tend to get more attention when they do something controversial — like provide political opinions.
There’s Colin Kaepernick. Then there’s the “shut up and dribble” line. The list goes on — and will undoubtedly continue to grow.
While there are some who’re happy to see athletes use their platform to go beyond the sports world, there are others who wouldn’t mind if it all came to an end. It seems Danny Ainge is among the latter group.
Ainge didn’t seem too fond of social media during his talk at WBUR’s CitySpace, though he does appreciate how high-profile individuals use it to give back.
“I do like the fact that a lot of the players and celebrities provide great service for people and do give back to their communities,” Ainge said. “Social media allows them to get the message out and things that they’re doing proactively to make the world a better place.”
But when it comes to politics, he’s not interested in hearing what the rich and famous have to say.
“I’m much more curious about what you have to say about them than any NBA player or any famous people in Hollywood,” Ainge said to WBUR’s Shira Springer. “They’re probably the last people on Earth that I would ask their opinion on political views. At the same time, I think Gregg Popovich has earned my trust as a fan and a person that knows him and has been around him, as has Steve Kerr, who is also vocal. (Kerr) is another guy that I really like as a person. I don’t like all their opinions, but I do respect their opinions.”
Having said that about other legends in the game and current NBA players, Ainge also added he’d like it if politics weren’t “so attack-oriented.”
“I wish that we could disagree a little more gracefully,” he continued. “Like I said, Steve Kerr and Popovich, yeah, I like listening to them, but there’s not very many players that I really care what they have to say about their influencing me in any way, in any aspect of life.”
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