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Though the GOP’s new tax plan might eventually screw the majority of people who aren’t wealthy, there’s good news for everybody who will be affected by the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”—at least nobody mentioned you by name in the explainer. Well, unless your name happens to be Steph Curry of the Golden State Warriors and you happen to be one of the best players in the NBA.
In a passage that caught the attention of Franklin Leonard, the founder and CEO of the filmmaking community The Black List, the House Ways and Means Committee’s explanation of the plan mentioned Curry while describing how it would eliminate a tax loophole for the rich.
There is only one person mentioned in GOP tax plan and it’s Steph Curry. 🤦🏾♂️ pic.twitter.com/YynmtvNgyH— Franklin Leonard (@franklinleonard) November 2, 2017
The Huffington Post explained what lowering the 25 percent pass-through rate would actually mean, writing, “Essentially, the idea is that someone with an extremely high salary, such as Curry, couldn’t incorporate himself to benefit from a 25 percent tax break. Republicans are proposing a specific safeguard to make sure the cut will benefit legitimate business owners, such as the fictional Steve’s Bike Shop,” used by Republicans to explain the plan.
Curry found the humor in his tax plan shoutout.
I wonder if Steve’s Bike shop is hiring...— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) November 2, 2017
But many other Twitter users wondered why the Ways and Means Committee used the name of a Black NBA star to try to shield themselves from criticism about the tax plan that will massively lower the corporate tax rate, strip out medical and student loan interest deductions, and repeal the estate tax.
Note targeting a black athlete not any of their multi millionaire CEO corporate donors— Charles Idelson (@cidelson) November 2, 2017
WTF? Singling out the success of a black man for this nonsense is exactly why April Ryan should keep asking her questions. Every. Damn. Day.— Samantha Becker (@sambecks31) November 2, 2017
Steph Curry after being mentioned by POTUS and the GOP tax plan in the last 6 weeks pic.twitter.com/u3kq1FCmT0— Jenna Lyons (@JennaJourno) November 3, 2017
I could argue Steph created and/or had a hand in creating far more jobs via NBA interest/attendance/merchandising/etc. than Steve ever could— CA Sports Fan (@abr64) November 2, 2017
That's "4x NBA All-Star, 2x MVP, 2x NBA Champion Steph Curry" to you https://t.co/O9fjjssFgG— Ben Jacobs (@benj496) November 2, 2017
It’s worth noting that the Warriors, after winning the NBA title last year, expressed reservations about meeting Donald Trump in the White House. Curry said he would vote to not attend the celebration. Trump then rescinded the invitation and called out Curry by name.
Going to the White House is considered a great honor for a championship team.Stephen Curry is hesitating,therefore invitation is withdrawn!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 23, 2017
Curry signed a new five-year, $201 million contract in July to become the league’s highest-paid player. Warriors coach Steve Kerr, another outspoken Trump critic, also thought Curry’s mention was odd.
“It’s kind of weird,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said Thursday, via the San Jose Mercury News. “They just randomly threw him in there.”
If you think about it, though, it maybe wasn’t random at all.
H/T Huffington Post
Josh Katzowitz is a staff writer at the Daily Dot specializing in YouTube and boxing. His work has appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times. A longtime sports writer, he's covered the NFL for CBSSports.com and boxing for Forbes. His work has been noted twice in the Best American Sports Writing book series.