New York Knicks player Joakim Noah boycotted a team dinner hosted by West Point cadets because he is “anti-war.”
The U.S. Military Academy has been allowing the New York Knicks to use their facilities for practice for years.
The dinner featured a speech from a well-respected retired Army colonel—something that apparently also offended the NBA player who will make $72 million over the course of the next four years.
“It’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world,” Joakim Noah said after boycotting the West Point annual dinner.
It is fine to be anti-war—most human beings including the fine young men and women studying at West Point are also against against unnecessary violence and carnage, but they are willing to stand a post and protect us whenever the nation and Americans are threatened.
Retired Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey was appointed as a special adviser to the NBA Commissioner last year, the New York Daily News reports. Noah’s West Point boycott likely did not go over well with him—at all.
“The U.S. Military Academy at West Point develops leaders of character for the defense of our nation,” Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker said. “We are disappointed and feel Mr. Noah’s choice of West Point to make a statement is inappropriate because of the great sacrifice that has originated from this institution over our nation’s history.”
Joakim Noah is not apparently opposed to hanging out with those who order troops into combat.
Just a couple of years ago, the New York Knicks player took to the court with Barack Obama—who has just ordered about 4,000 troops back into Iraq.
Noah, who is from Chicago and reportedly staunchly anti-gun, added insult to injury when he said he is just not comfortable playing for a “flag.”
The Knicks player’s mother is Swedish and his father is French and from Cameroon. He holds dual citizenship and once played for the French national team.
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