Stephen Curry, one of the most popular players in the N.B.A., and his wife, the author and chef Ayesha Curry, will endorse Joseph R. Biden Jr. at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday night.
The celebrity couple will appear in a pretaped video with their daughters, Riley, 8, and Ryan, 5, one of the highest-profile athlete appearances at a political convention for either party in history.
The endorsement was first reported by People Magazine.
“We want to ensure that our kids live in a nation that is safe, happy, healthy and fair, and so this election ——” Mrs. Curry says in a clip posted by People. Mr. Curry cuts in to say, “We’re voting for Joe Biden.”
Mr. Curry, a two-time Most Valuable Player Award winner, has kept in close touch with former President Barack Obama, under whom Mr. Biden served, since Mr. Obama left the White House in 2017. Mr. Obama and Mr. Curry appeared together last year at an event in Oakland, Calif., celebrating My Brother’s Keeper, the former president’s initiative aimed at closing the education gap for young Black men.
The endorsement is not necessarily a surprise, given that Mr. Curry has been a frequent critic of President Trump’s since he took office. Early on in Mr. Trump’s presidency, Mr. Curry publicly rebuked the chief executive of Under Armour, Kevin Plank, after Mr. Plank said the president was a “a real asset” to the country. Mr. Curry, who has an endorsement deal with Under Armour, said in an interview with The San Jose Mercury News, “I agree with that description, if you remove the ‘et.’”In fact, one of Mr. Trump’s early feuds in his presidency was with Mr. Curry, who had expressed reluctance about visiting the White House after the Golden State Warriors won the N.B.A. championship in 2017. In response, Mr. Trump rescinded the invitation.
“Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team,” Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that September. “Stephen Curry is hesitating, therefore invitation is withdrawn!” LeBron James, another N.B.A. star who has endorsed Mr. Biden, chimed in on Twitter: “U bum @StephenCurry30 already said he ain’t going! So therefore ain’t no invite. Going to White House was a great honor until you showed up!”
Mr. Curry was more restrained in his response at the time, telling reporters: “I don’t know why he feels the need to target certain individuals rather than others. I have an idea of why, but it’s kind of beneath the leader of a country to go that route. It’s not what leaders do.”
After Mr. Trump insulted Mr. James’s intelligence on Twitter in 2018, Mr. Curry told reporters that the “rhetoric is all based in some longstanding racism in terms of Black men with a voice in power.”
Just last year, after Mr. Trump called Baltimore a “disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess” as part of an attack on Representative Elijah E. Cummings, Mr. Curry directed a tweet at a CNN anchor, saying: “Keep calling him out. I’m not from Baltimore- but I know countless people who are. Teammates, family, hardworking employees. All People that represent the best qualities of what it means to be American! & who want to live there!”
While Mr. Curry’s preference for Mr. Biden is not necessarily a surprise, the willingness to get directly involved in a presidential campaign is relatively uncharted territory for him. In an interview with The Times last summer, Mr. Curry said he had no intention of involving himself in the presidential race.
“Let’s just say that I don’t have a relationship with anybody that’s running,” Mr. Curry said at the time. “Maybe that will develop over time. But I haven’t gotten into that game yet.”