Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James and Golden State Warriors star Steph Curry support NFL player Colin Kaepernick in his decision to kneel during the national anthem. He does this before games as a sign of protest against racial violence. However, despite expressing their support, the two NBA players plan to stand for the anthem in thier own games.
The San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Kaepernick, first made news by refusing to stand during a match held last August 26. Later on, 22 NFL players have joined his protest against racial inequalities and injustices happening in America.
“I’m all in favor of anyone, athlete or non-athlete, being able to express what they believe in a peaceful manner and that’s exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that,” James said during a Cavaliers media day shared by The National.
“I don’t have the answer. None of us have the answer, but the more times we can talk about it, the more times we can conversate about it. Because I’m not up here saying all police are bad because they’re not” he added.
James mentioned how he is not stereotyping and judging every person. He also talks about how the current situation makes him worry about his children’s safety. He explains how tough it is to be a parent after seeing videos of police shootings of black men.
In an exclusive interview with NFL Media, Kapernick said, “I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick’s protest has influenced several other athletes from different sports. However, the NBA has its rule which requires players to stand up during the national anthem.
But to the quarterback, his protest is having the desired effect. His silent protest continues to raise awareness about issues of race and social injustice in the sport industry.
Meanwhile, Curry also shared with The National, that he likewise plans on standing during the national anthem. He shared his thoughts about the current violent protests. “I respect everybody’s voice, everybody’s platform,” Curry said. “About Charlotte, it’s another opportunity for people to use their voice. You don’t want it to ever turn violent,” he added.
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