NBA superstar Steph Curry says it is important for influential athletes to stand up for their beliefs and is grateful that social media gives them the platform to do so.

Curry has won three NBA Championships with the Golden State Warriors and has twice been named Most Valuable Player.

The American has also spoken openly on social and culture issues.

Here, Curry talks to BBC Sport editor Dan Roan about his views on US President Donald Trump, tennis legend Serena Williams and NFL activist Colin Kaepernick, plus how it feels to be at the peak of his powers and his views on the future of the British game.

Curry has used his platform as one of the world’s greatest athletes to make a stand for the things he believes in.

Last year, the American declined an invite to the White House, following a traditional invitation to celebrate his side’s NBA title success. Curry said the team could “inspire some change” by refusing to visit the home of the president.

Curry says athlete activism and taking a stand “comes with the territory, because the world is small now”.

If I say something I can tweet it out right now and the whole world can read it, and you can own that,” he said. “More so than generations that have passed, where it has maybe had to go through a couple of different channels.

“There are more eyeballs and ears around what we want to say.

“We have a platform to speak for those that can’t speak for themselves, and things that are important to us we want to talk about and there is definitely a wave of athletes and influencers that are not afraid of the potential consequences of being disagreed with.”

On expressing his views on the political landscape, the 30-year-old added: “You can do it with respect and you can do it with class, and understand that you’re not disrespecting anybody by having an opinion.

“Obviously for me, with visiting the White House, I said how I felt and tried to provide reasons why I felt that way and let it be, and I’m not going to waver off of that.

“For me, I know you are not going to please everybody in this world, but the whole thing is about spreading love and respect on either side of the conversation.”

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