Carmelo Anthony claims he wasn’t surprised at all by Donald Trump winning the presidential election but he’ll be damned if he lets that change anything about his own life. Melo shared some of his thoughts on the outcome with ESPN’s Ian Begley yesterday and rather than focus on who won the election, he wants people to focus on the next steps in their own lives.


Melo has become one of the more prominent athletes to continue to speak out on social issues in our country. He doesn’t typically hold back on this topic which is very refreshing in the age of people being scared to step out on a limb by themselves.

“I wasn’t honestly surprised, to be honest with you. I wasn’t surprised. The way that things are going now in this country, the educated and uneducated, the people that is out there who was voting, I wasn’t surprised at that,” he said.

Unlike Melo, most people were surprised that Trump was able to pull off the upset win. Now that Trump is the president elect, there isn’t much anyone can do except just continue to do what they need to do to be happy and not worry about who’s in the White House.

“Now it’s our responsibility as men and women take it into our own hands, be role models and be our own leaders at this point, regardless of kind of who’s the commander in chief. I think we have more of a responsibility now, especially with the youth and kind of educating them. I’ve talked to youth, I’ve talked to kids today, this morning, my family. You could just hear kind of the nervousness. They’re afraid. They don’t know what to think. People don’t know what to do at this point. So I think it’s up to us as individuals to kind of just take that responsibility and lead, everybody got to lead in their own way. We can’t rely on a system or one person. We got to move on from that.”

“I am a big believer in worrying about the things you can control, and I think in this situation, we as people have to worry about things we can control,” he said. “We can’t control what’s going to happen. But that don’t mean that we have to stop [pursuing social causes] just because somebody is in the position now that we might not agree with, we might not like, we might not want in that position. The work has to start right now, and it’s going to be even harder, but we can’t stop working.”

Once again Melo nailed it with his comments. He has been active in asking athletes to use their platform to address social unrest in the country and just because Trump is in office you can bet that won’t stop.