If you’ve been tuning into the NBA playoffs, there’s no way you don’t know who Riley Curry is. The adorable daughter of Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry has been making headlines after accompanying her dear ole dad to a few post-game press conferences. The toddler seemed to have the time of her life adding commentary while sitting on her daddy’s lap, crawling under tables and hiding behind curtains.
Some reporters expressed their disdain for the distractions caused by little Riley while trying to interview her father after playoff games. There have even been memes made and spread throughout social media of Riley and her “antics”, going as far as to criticize the Curry’s parenting. Riley’s mom, Ayesha Curry, addresses the controversy via piece she penned for TIME. Ayesha says Riley is simply full of life and her husband’s interviews weren’t negatively affected.
Last week, Riley joined her father in a press conference, and some thought she stole the show. I thought it was beautiful, and I wouldn’t change a thing. There can be more than 50 people and 10 cameras—not counting camera phones—in the room during press conferences, so it can be overwhelming. But my husband handled his duties on the podium with ease and class. And my daughter was who she is—vibrant, spunky, and full of life. I hope she carries this with her through adulthood.
Here’s the thing, children are currently allowed at press conferences. Therefore, all parties involved should expect to occasionally encounter a child who is happy to be in their dad’s presence. Especially since NBA players sacrifice a lot of family time for their love of the game and to provide for their families. What does everyone expect from a toddler?
Read Ayesha’s entire piece here, and check out little Riley in action below.