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Joakim Noah Skips Dinner with Cadets at West Point ... I'm Anti-War

9/30/2016 10:08 AM PDT

Joakim Noah Skips Dinner with Cadets at West Point

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NY Knicks superstar Joakim Noah decided to skip a team dinner with cadets at West Point on Thursday night -- and claims it's because he's anti-war.

Carmelo Anthony, Derrick Rose, Kristaps Porzingis and others attended the function at the military academy in New York where the team has been training for the upcoming NBA season. 

But Noah was M.I.A. at the dinner Thursday night -- where military officials also gave speeches to the team -- and Friday he told reporters he was making a political stand because he didn't feel comfortable and hates war. 

The Knicks have been training at West Point for a few years -- but this is Noah's first season with the team. 

10:50 AM PT -- A rep for Noah tells TMZ Sports, "He has the utmost respect for the military members and cadets. He just doesn't agree with war."

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