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Etan Thomas and Iraq

Etan Thomas has never been shy about his politics, writing and speaking out against the Iraq war, sometimes quite publicly, and criticizing the government's response to Hurricane Katrina.

Now, he's in an open spat with the Washington Times's Tom Knott. First, Thomas told The Nation that he was uncomfortable with USA basketball using wounded troops as motivation. Then Knott weighed in, calling Thomas "morally smug," far-left" and "about as subtle as a sledgehammer" and closing with this doozy:

To ease some of the injustices and inequities, at least in his tiny corner of the world, Thomas could start with himself. He could start performing at a level worthy of his contract.

Now, courtesy of TrueHoop, we have Thomas's response, in which he says (among other things):

If Tom Knott and others who share his opinion feel that they support a war that has cost us the lives of over 2600 US troops, then they are free to do so, but don't claim that someone is somehow un-American if they have an opposing view.

Thoughts?

By Dan Steinberg  |  September 12, 2006; 1:09 PM ET
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