Forbes India (India): What do people know about the legendary NBA guard?
| Kevin Gates, NBA superstar, NBA Hall of Fame, NBA star | Kevin Forbes | 06/01/2020 09:37:13The basketball star is not only a household name, he’s a household icon.
The man who once became known as the “King of the Ball,” Kevin Gates is also the most prolific scorer in the NBA, scoring more than 20,000 points in his career, and he’s also an outspoken critic of Indian rule over its minority communities.
“I was born in the US and grew up in the United States, and I’ve always felt that India’s laws are very discriminatory,” Gates said on ESPN’s The Vertical Podcast.
“It’s very unfair.
They just want to be rid of the minority community and that’s just not fair.
The laws are based on race and religion and they don’t respect the rights of the people.”
While Gates has no desire to return to India, he doesn’t want to stop speaking out.
He is one of a growing number of prominent figures to speak out about issues that matter to Indian society.
And he wants to do it all again, after having spent the past four years touring India and Africa.
“It’s a beautiful country.
We have incredible beauty.
But it’s also a very racist country.
So I wanted to speak up,” Gates told ESPN.
“The way I look at it is I’m not just an athlete; I’m a human being, I have feelings.
And I don’t want my opinions to be heard.
So, I hope to go back and do it again and I’m hoping that my views will be heard again.”
The latest NBA figures show Gates is still the best player in the league, with the 76ers leading the league in scoring.
He is also one of only two players in the history of the league to have 3,000 career points, and was named MVP of the NBA Finals in 2015 after helping the Philadelphia 76ers capture the title.
Gates, who turned 31 on Saturday, averaged 19.3 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game in the playoffs, helping the 76er to a 59-35 record.
He has been vocal about the issues facing the Indian diaspora and about India’s handling of minority communities, including his belief that India has a “systemic racism” in its laws that is rooted in caste.
“We need to fix this because there are a lot of people out there who are discriminated against,” Gates added.
“We’re all equal, we’re all Indians, and we’re treated like a second class citizen.
And it’s not just the Indian community.
And we have to fix that.”