Time to turn off the sportsball, America:

WEST POINT, N.Y. — New York Knicks center Joakim Noah says he skipped a team dinner at the U.S. Military Academy that featured cadets and a speech by a former colonel because he is against war.

Noah added he had “mixed feelings” about spending time at the academy, where the Knicks are holding training camp this week, because he is opposed to the idea of young troops fighting in wars.

“It’s hard for me a little bit. I have a lot of respect for the kids who are out here fighting. But it’s hard for me to understand why we have to go to war, why kids have to kill kids around the world,” said Noah, explaining his decision not to attend the dinner after a reporter asked him about his experience at the event. “So I have mixed feelings about being here. I’m very proud of this country. I love America, but I just don’t understand kids killing kids around the world.”

That’s it. I’ve finally had enough of these pro athlete jerks.

First of all, why are the New York Knicks even training at West Point in the first place? My tax money pays 100 percent of the costs of every building on that campus, including the gym. Is the school being compensated for a professional, non-government private organization to use their facilities, or is the school so in awe of stupid athletes that it just leapt to volunteer? Who is paying for this? This should never have been permitted in the first place. What, the Knicks don’t have their own goddamn practice facilities? Who invited them?

Then we have this Noah character. What a colossal dick. Yeah, let’s blame a bunch of 20-year-olds for the decisions made by men in Washington D.C. And the top decision-maker is, of course, President Obama. Now, one might think that Noah would definitely have some hard words about Obama, right? Considering that it is the president of the United States, the commander in chief, who makes the final decision to send all of those cadets out to war, to “kill those kids,” as this dipshit so artfully puts it. Surely, Noah would protest the president, right? Noah being a true believer and all.

Nah. Noah was only too glad to get with the president. Indeed, he’s met with Obama numerous times. In fact, they’re good buddies! Look, here’s a picture with Obama yukking it up with Noah and accused gang rapist Derrick Rose! Isn’t that precious? So Noah is just full of shit. Having a chance to bro it up with the president who gives those orders is fine, but to sit down to a dinner with a bunch of young people, on whose campus he was an invited guest, is just a bridge too far for the prick. Oh, and let’s keep in mind that being “against war” clearly didn’t keep him and his dumbass teammates from using those taxpayer-paid facilities or going to the campus in the first place. Yeah, he and the team will gladly milk those facilities built for the cadets, but to sit down and have a MEAL with them is where the asshole is going to draw the line?