The NBA’s Stephen Curry is known for being a family man, almost just as much as he has a reputation for being an all-out scorer and knock down shooter.
It started when people got to know his wife Ayesha Curry, who’s become a celebrity in her own right. And once the world was introduced to their eldest daughter Riley, she became an instant media sensation.
In 2015, when Steph’s Golden State Warriors were facing The Houston Rockets in the Western Conference Finals, he brought Riley to the press conference table on more than one occasion.
At that very moment, Riley, who was two years old at the time, stole the show by interrupting her dad when he was being questioned and many people loved it. “That’s too loud, daddy,” she once told Steph. “Be quiet.”
Riley also did things like dance in front of the cameras, and in 2016 she walked into the press room, put her two little fingers to her eyes and pointed back to reporters, as to say I’ve got my eyes on you.
But the star point-guard admitted that he regrets putting Riley in the spotlight, which he said during a newly published interview with The Undefeated.
“One thing I do technically regret in terms of how fast this all came is when I brought Riley on the podium,” Steph explained. “I’ve always wanted to share what I get to do and all the experiences I have with my family. I didn’t know how much that would blow up and how much of a splash she [would make] on the scene.”
“If I could take that one back, I probably would,” he added. “Just because my goal is just to give my kids the best chance at success and at seeing the world in the proper way. Trying to give our kids the best chance to be successful and have a normal life, in terms of treating people the right way, having respect, not getting too big headed and feeling like everything’s about them.”
Perhaps surprisingly, Steph was criticized for bringing Riley to the press table in 2015 and a debate ensued about whether it’s right for players to bring their kids around when interviews are being conducted.
It was something the former NBA Player and current TNT analyst Charles Barkley spoke about that year, and he felt kids should stay away from press time completely.
“Reporters are there trying to do their job,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a big deal, but I would prefer [players] not bring their kids.”