Quick to Listen/Episode 15 | 39 min
Steph Curry and the Complicated Nature of Christian Sports Fandom

On Sunday, Lebron James led the Cleveland Cavaliers to victory over the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 at home in Oakland. At one time, the Warriors had led the series 3–1, before they lost three in a row for the first time since 2013.

During the Warriors’ Game 6 loss to the Cavaliers, Steph Curry fouled out for the first time all year before throwing his mouth guard into the stands. He was then suspended after swearing at the referees. Later, his wife, Ayesha Curry, tweeted that the game was “absolutely rigged for money” before she later deleted it. Not everyone was happy with the reaction of either Curry, a couple known for their Christian faith. (Some called for the NBA to suspend Steph, while Ayesha deleted her tweet following criticism on Twitter.)

While Steph is open about his faith, he has largely communicated this through his actions, rather than bold proclamations of faith, says columnist Marcus Thompson, who has covered the Warriors for nearly two decades.

“In the absence of words, you should probably look at how people live,” said Thompson. “Steph’s not going to be the one out there touting himself because in moments like Game 6, when he is human, it will get held against them, whereas if anybody did the exact same thing, there would be no discussion about it."

Thompson joined Morgan and Katelyn on Quick to Listen this week to talk about the mentality of Christians athletes, why fans should cut Steph a break, and what Lebron teaches us about what redemption looks like in the world of sports.

  • (9:45) What are most media missing about this story?
  • (14:53) How does Steph deal with the tensions of being a Christian superstar?
  • (25:45) What does redemption mean in sports? What can be redeemed on the court and what can’t?

Additional Reading

Thompson’s work for Bay Area News Group

Thompson’s podcast: Warriors Plus/Minus

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