On Friday, we learned that newly-acquired New York Knicks center Joakim Noah declined to join his new teammates at a dinner with U.S. Army cadets because of his passionate personal stance against war and militarism.
In response to Noah's actions, Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker said in a release to New York media:
"The U.S. Military Academy at West Point develops leaders of character for the defense of our Nation. We are disappointed and feel Mr. Noah's choice of West Point to make a statement is inappropriate because of the great sacrifice that has originated from this institution over our Nation's history."
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Soon after Kasker's statement, the New York Knicks' PR team tweeted out photos of Noah conversing with cadets attending Knicks practice:
"I appreciate all that you do for us. Respect!" pic.twitter.com/Nicj4TqvTr— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) October 1, 2016
Later, Noah told The Wall Street Journal's Chris Herring:
"I'm not a very patriotic person, to be honest ... I don't understand the whole flags, supporting flags. I'm more into supporting people."
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