While many players and coaches around the league have commented on newly elected president Donald Trump, few have been as vocal as Bucks star Jabari Parker.
Parker recently spoke in an interview about the effects that Trump’s election has already had, specifically referencing acts of violence towards minorities that have occurred in the wake of Trump’s victory.
“I’m worried about my safety and that of a lot of people,” Parker told Nubyjas Wilborn of the Sporting News. “There are a lot of threats on athletes and regular citizens. We’ve already seen an increase in hate crimes and it’s barely been a week.
“His election made people feel like it’s cool to be openly and violently racist. I’ve gotten threats and so have others I know. I have to be more aware of my surroundings. I really feel bad for people who don’t have as many ways to protect themselves as I do.”
The Bucks are one of three teams that have elected to distance themselves from the Trump administration by refusing to stay in Trump hotels. Parker is proud of his team for doing so.
“I’m proud to not stay in Trump hotels,” Parker said. “I don’t support someone who endorses hate on other people. He ran his campaign on hate. He’s attacked everything that I am and believe. I was named by a Muslim man. My mother didn’t get her citizenship until much later in life. She is basically an immigrant because she came from Tonga. She was paid less because she was a woman.
“I’m black, and he’s said some controversial stuff about black people. When it comes to me not supporting Donald Trump, it’s correlated to the things he has said. I have a gay uncle. All the things he said in his campaign are things I can’t associate myself with.”
When asked what positives could be taken away from this election, Parker said that it will make America appreciate the Obamas even more.
“Yes, it will make us respect the Obama family even more,” he said. “He handled everything so well. He was a great leader. Michelle is the epitome of class and grace. Barack was so calm and cool. He was great at leading our country. His daughters were great. Obama is special and we’re going to realize even more so now.”