Opinion: Steve Kerr has become a national laughingstock

by Peter Heck · Jan 7th, 2020 2:56 pm

It's so bad, it's so painful, it's so forced, that even the people who agree with his politics are left forcing smiles so unrealistic they look like patients at the dentist office biting down on the film plate for x-rays.

Steve Kerr, coach of the one of the NBA's worst teams, has become a living caricature of the very type of self-absorbed, virtue-signaling woke warrior that conservative activists used to create for comedic parodies.

Remember months ago when Kerr and company went to China to play some preseason games, controversy erupted as to why a basketball league that proudly traffics in social justice causes would have no moral qualms doing business in a place known for systemic oppression.

At that time the streets of Hong Kong were filled with freedom-loving citizens who were being arrested, silenced, and even brutalized by thug Chinese communist forces. Added to the never-ending examples of religious oppression, the forced one-child abortion policy, and a litany of other human rights abuses, and the NBA's willful profiteering in China became a national news story.

So Kerr, who has reveled in being known as the NBA's most "woke coach," was asked about this glaring inconsistency. His answer was a howler:

"We can play this game all we want and go all over the map. The world is a complex place and there's more gray than black and white."

To be sure, there's nothing complex or "gray" about the human rights abuses in China. Even Kerr's allies admitted it was a bad moment for the coach – one where he had exposed his alleged principles to be politically and economically negotiable.

After such a humiliation, one might think that Kerr would just cash his Chinese endorsement checks, buy another mansion, and pipe down about geo-politics. But when your team is sitting at 9-28, I guess you take whatever distraction you can grab onto when the media starts asking questions. And thus, Kerr took to Twitter to offer his thoughts on the recent killing of Iranian madman Suleimani:

I'm not entirely sure if Kerr is postulating the theory that Suleimani was an illegitimate military target, but at the very least he is questioning the acceptability of the fateful airstrike. What is entertaining, of course, is to revisit the coach's outrage through the lens of his previous Chinese hypocrisy.

Is there anyone on planet Earth that could honestly suggest Pence's case for the Suleimani strike is less defensible than China's conduct in regard to human rights? How could a man like Kerr, who finds the latter "too complex" to understand, pretend to speak with any moral clarity about the former?

Further, you might note a glaring omission or two in Kerr's tweet about lying administrations. President Obama, for instance, launched airstrikes and military raids in no less than 7 countries during his 8 years in office. He ordered drone strikes that killed American citizens with no charges against them, and no trial being offered to them. One of those citizens was a 16-year-old kid from Colorado.

Cutting through the gray and to offer some black and white on this issue, Council on Foreign Relations reported on the Obama years:

The 542 drone strikes that Obama authorized killed an estimated 3,797 people, including 324 civilians. As he reportedly told senior aides in 2011: "Turns out I'm really good at killing people. Didn't know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine."

To save you the time doing a Twitter search for all of Kerr's outraged, justice-filled, morally-indignant condemnations of U.S. government actions during that era, I'll go ahead and let you know there weren't any. Inconsistent you say? Surely not.

Still, far be it from me to counsel Steve Kerr to "stay in his lane," or to concentrate his energies on figuring out a better strategy for his guys to put the bouncy ball in the basket. Kerr's hypocrisy is revealing and helpful in shining a very public light on the morally rudderless virtue-signaling by the left.

So tweet on, Steve. Well, in between signing all those morally-pure, yuan-to-dollar currency exchange checks rolling in from overseas, of course.

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