Malcolm Jenkins was not happy when he saw NBA superstar Stephen Curry standing near the Patriots sideline wearing a red sweatshirt prior to Super Bowl LII, but the Eagles defensive back may owe curry an apology after he called the two-time MVP a “frontrunner.”
The “SoundFX” footage from the Super Bowl was released this week, and one entertaining exchange showed Jenkins telling a teammate he “knew I didn’t like Steph Curry.” At the time, Curry was standing with some Patriots fans.
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) February 8, 2018
As it turns out, Curry is not a frontrunner at all. While he grew up in Charlotte and is a diehard Panthers fan, he had actually gone on record as saying he was rooting for the underdog Eagles to beat the Patriots.
Steph Curry is going to the Super Bowl tomorrow and he's bringing the Warriors' Strength and Conditioning Coach Mike Irr with him. Mike's a huge Pats fan. Steph's rooting for the Eagles.
— Kerith Burke (@KerithBurke) February 4, 2018
And after the Eagles pulled off the win, one of Curry’s longtime friends — a Pats fan — said he could’t wait to get away from Curry so he could stop listening to “fly Eagles fly!”
— Bryant Barr (@bryantabarr) February 5, 2018
So why the red sweatshirt? That was just a coincidence, as Curry was not trying to wear Patriots red. If you look closely, you can see that his hoodie said “Minnehaha Academy” across the front, which is a school that has one of the top boys’ basketball programs in the state of Minnesota.
Word is @StephenCurry30 is good friends with someone who is married to an MA Alum. Thanks, Mr. Curry for representing the Redhawks! Next time you are in town we will wave the $5 Admission Fee to attend one of our games…
— Minnehaha Redhawks (@RedhawksAD) February 4, 2018
You can understand why it looked like Curry was rooting for New England, but Jenkins simply didn’t have all of the information. Fortunately, the misunderstanding didn’t lead to Curry finding his way onto Eagles offensive lineman Jason Kelce’s epic you-know-what list that he rattled off on Thursday.