Why Is Steph Curry Getting Blasted By Michael Bennett Of The Seattle Seahawks?
Reported by Liku Zelleke
Seattle Seahawks’ Pro Bowl MVP Michael Bennett likes to spend his offseason time in Hawaii and has been doing so for the past four years or so. He liked the island life so much that he and his wife bought a home down in Oahu. This, he says, has helped him in getting to know the community there.
And then Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry decided to open a basketball camp on the island and charge an eye-watering $2,000.
This has angered Bennett who thinks it isn’t fair and that it isn’t at all helping the community he has adopted and lives in.
He said, “I see a lot of different athletes come through Hawaii whether it’s Steph Curry or whoever it is. They all come here and it makes me mad, because I live in this community and I understand this community – that there’s so many kids who can’t afford to pay such a high amount of money.”
Well, he does have a point because in a 2015 Census, about one third of the population in Oahu was found to be living below the poverty line. On the other hand, the island is also home to some of the richest families in the island state. This means, the only people who can afford to attend Curry’s 4-days/3-nights camp are either out-of-state visitors or kids that belong to the richer locals.
According to reports, overnight campers lodged in BYU-Hawaii dorms were charged $2,250 while extended day campers had to pay $2,000 – and all this is without even including the price of an airline ticket.
Bennett says that it is the obligation of athletes who pocket millions of dollars every season to give some of it back to their community without wanting even more money out of the deal in return.
He said, “In my mind it’s like, how much money do you need before you start giving back for free? And I think a lot of athletes should start focusing on that.”
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