Close watchers of President Trump’s rally in Minnesota on Wednesday thought they noticed a face in the crowd that would be familiar to a lot of Boston sports fans: former Celtics star Kevin McHale.
I?d love to get definitive confirmation. But if Kevin McHale actually showed up to Trump?s rally in Duluth today with everything that is happening now and what Trump?s done and stands for, yeah he?s cancelled. pic.twitter.com/A99QSV56s4— Henry Lake (@lakeshow73) June 21, 2018
While the pictures aren’t definitive, tweets from McHale’s wife, Lynn McHale, on Wednesday seem to confirm that she was headed to the rally in Duluth.
She tweeted later Wednesday that she was glad Trump had talked about mining in the state. Trump did speak about mining during the rally, saying that his administration would be removing restrictions on mining in the Superior National Forest that were put in place under President Obama’s tenure.
Records linked to the McHale residence in St. Paul included a cellphone number for Lynn McHale. A woman who answered the cellphone said it was “best not to stir the pot” and then hung up.
Kevin McHale played for the Celtics for his entire career, from 1980 to 1993, winning NBA championship titles with the team in 1981, 1984, and 1986. He later worked in the front office of the Minnesota Timberwolves, rising to general manager. He stepped in to coach the Timberwolves in the 2004-2005 season and the 2008-2009 season and coached the Houston Rockets from 2011 to 2015.
McHale is currently an analyst for NBA TV and the “NBA on TNT” show, produced by Turner Sports. Globe columnist Chad Finn reached out to Turner for comment and said Turner doesn’t plan on commenting on the appearance.
Reached out to Turner to ask if they'd have any statement on McHale and the Trump rally.. Sounds like they're unlikely to comment, and frankly, I don't know why they would. As surprising -- and for some, disappointing -- as it was to see him in the audience, it's his prerogative.— Chad Finn (@GlobeChadFinn) June 21, 2018
Lynn McHale has been very active on the social media platform, including recent tweets about the family separation crisis on the border caused by Trump’s zero-tolerance prosecution policy for people who cross the border illegally.
Wondering if separating "tender age" children from their parents for 8-10 hours per day in daycare for 5 years has any lasting affects? Those kids cry, too.— Lynn McHale (@lynnmchale) June 20, 2018
Illegal... not legal... unlawful....not following the laws.... the laws that citizens are required to follow.... or they go to prison..... and are separated from their kids. #EqualityForAll #IllegalsToo— Lynn McHale (@lynnmchale) June 16, 2018
Lynn McHale also posted messages about the border separation crisis that veered into conspiracy theory territory. According to Department of Homeland Security statistics, of the 31,102 family units apprehended at the border in the first five months of this fiscal year, 191 were “individuals using minors to pose as fake family units,” the Washington Post reported. That’s 0.61 percent, and that’s for all cases involving a fake parent — there are no statistics on how many of those cases involved child sex trafficking, if any.
But McHale posted, without evidence, that “many of these ‘families’ who are separated at the border are actually child sex-traffickers w/kids.”
Many of these "families" who are separated at the border are actually child sex-traffickers w/kids. The best thing for these kids is separation. #GetTheFacts— Lynn McHale (@lynnmchale) June 19, 2018
What if these "families" are really sex-traffickers and stolen kids? Will the protest include them?— Lynn McHale (@lynnmchale) June 19, 2018
Lynn McHale has also shown sustained support for Trump in her tweets.
And the liberal TV pundits criticize Trump--- not the players--- for "disrespect." These players are grown men---visiting the WH should not be political-- it is the People's House-- and they should go proudly.— Lynn McHale (@lynnmchale) June 5, 2018