Steph Curry backs Clinton for president, will stand for anthem but supports protest

— Two-time NBA MVP Steph Curry said he backs Hillary Clinton for president and that he’ll “most likely” stand for the national anthem during the NBA season, though he supports Colin Kaepernick’s ongoing protest.

The basketball star traveled into political territory during a question-and-answer session Tuesday night at TechCrunch in San Francisco, according to the Mercury News.

Asked who he would support in the 2016 election, Clinton of Trump, Curry had a one-word answer: “Hillary.”

And Curry — who starts for the Golden State Warriors near the same city that hosts Kaepernick’s NFL team, the San Francisco 49ers — was also asked about Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem at football games. Curry said he’s supportive of Kaepernick and respects his motivations, but plans to stand.

“I’ll most likely stand. If you follow the way he talks and the message he’s trying to send with his act, from his mouth, he’s not disrespecting veterans. He’s not disrespecting military. That’s not his intention. He’s obviously continued the act to create a conversation for more social justice and things of that nature,” Curry said, according to the Mercury News’ report.

He continued, “I’ve been a part of certain conversations off the grid, and finding different ways to make our community better, especially for African Americans. And so, that’s not the way that I would do it, but I support him in his attempt to start a conversation or continue the conversation.”

Warriors beat writer for the Mercury News Anthony Slater shared video on Twitter of Curry’s answer:

Curry doesn’t have a reputation as politically outspoken athlete, but he’s famously chummy with the first couple. He’s golfed with the President before, and Curry and his wife, Ayesha, partnered with Michelle Obama to promote her health-conscious initiative, “Let’s Move.”

Curry also appeared with the First Lady on “Ellen” on Tuesday, where they joked about the President’s trash talk on the golf course.

Maryland poll: Clinton, Trump lead

— Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump hold commanding leads in Maryland, a new poll shows with two weeks to go before the state’s presidential primary.

According to the NBC/Marist poll, released late Tuesday, the real estate mogul leads the Republican field by double-digits with 41% support. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz trails at 29%, edging out Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 24%.

Clinton, meanwhile, holds a 22 percentage point advantage in the state, leading Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders 58% to 36%.

The NBC/Marist poll also found that both Clinton and Sanders would handily defeat any Republican opponent in reliably blue Maryland.

In hypothetical general election match-ups, Clinton would beat Trump by 63% to 27%, Cruz 60% to 31%, and Kasich 55% to 38%.

Sanders would also beat Trump, 65% to 26%, Cruz, 63% to 28%, and Kasich, 55% to 36%.

With tight races in both nominating contests and a dwindling number of contests left to collect delegates, the Maryland primary April 26 is a critical opportunity for challengers to make up ground on the front-runners. Ninety-five delegates are available in the Democratic race, while 38 are at stake on the Republican side.

The NBC/Marist poll was conducted from April 5 through April 9, and surveyed 775 likely Democratic primary voters and 368 likely Republican primary voters. The margin of error for the Democrats is +/- 3.5%, and +/- 5.1% for the Republicans.

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