US Military Academy calls NY Knicks player's anti-war boycott 'inappropriate'


( - The U.S. Military Academy has criticized a New York Knicks basketball player who said he boycotted the team’s annual dinner with Army cadets because of his anti-war views.

Academy spokesman Lt. Col. Christopher Kasker admonished Center Joakim Noah for skipping Thursday’s dinner with the cadets in the mess hall in a statement Friday to the New York media.

“The U.S. Military Academy at West Point develops leaders of character for the defense of our nation,” Kasker said, according to the New York Post. “We are disappointed and feel Mr. Noah’s choice of West Point to make a statement is inappropriate because of the great sacrifice that has originated from this institution over our nation’s history.”

Noah, 31, told the paper that he felt “uncomfortable” about training at West Point. Noah was not a Knick when the West Point gym was the team’s preseason training camp in 2014 and 2015.

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