On Friday, news broke that newly-acquired New York Knicks center, Joakim Noah, had declined to join his new teammates at a dinner with U.S. Army cadets because of his passionate personal stance against war and militarism.
Noah has told Chris Herring of The Wall Street Journal: "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."
In response to Noah's no-show, 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."
At a time where several mainstream sports stars are making stands for what they believe in, this doesn't come as a great surprise.
However, following the news, the Knicks tweeted out a photo that showed Noah, true to his word, meeting and greeting with the people of the armed forces.
The center appreciates them, he just doesn't like or support any kind of war by the sounds of thing. There is certainly worse things to be against.