Joakim Noah Skips Dinner With Cadets Because He’s ‘Anti-War’ (Video)
On Thursday night, newly acquired New York Knicks forward Joakim Noah decided it was best for him to skip out on a team dinner with cadets at West Point because he’s ‘Anti’War’.
New York Knicks stars Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and others all attended the function, just like the Knicks organization has been doing for years, because the team practices there.
On Friday, Noah was asked about it and he stated he was making a political stand and wouldn’t feel comfortable there because he hates war.
“It’s hard for me a little bit. I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world,” said Noah, explaining his decision not to attend the dinner after a reporter asked him about his experience at the event. “So I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America, but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”
Noah added: “At the end of the day, I’m not anti-troops. It’s just not comfortable for me to see kids going out to war and coming back having seen what they’ve seen, having done what they’ve done. It’s sad for me. It’s sad for me because they’re just sent out for things that I don’t really want to get into it to be honest with you. It’s hard for me.”
— FOX Sports: Hoops (@HoopsonFOX) October 1, 2016