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Los Angeles Lakers guard / striker LeBron James told reporters he hoped the NBA had made former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick proud to protest the games during the national anthem.
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“Kap was someone who stood up when it wasn’t pleasant,” said James (h / t Lauren A. Jones of Los Angeles Sentinel). “When people didn’t understand … it had nothing to do with the flag, he explained, and people never listened. I am! We thank him for sacrificing everything he did. “
Kaepernick knelt during the national anthem to protest against systematic racism and police brutality during the 2016 NFL season.
As Rhiannon Walker (then Undefeat) noted in the aggregation of reactions to Kaepernick’s actions, the quarterback received praise, harsh criticism, and several mixed reactions to his work in the world of sports.
Eventually, Kaepernick found himself out of the NFL after the 2016 season despite his production in the mostly dying 49ers team (18 landings in total and only four interceptions in 11 games).
On Thursday, players, coaches and referees who participate in the Utah Jazz vs. New Orleans Pelicans vs. Los Angeles Lakers vs. Los Angeles Clippers, everyone knelt during the anthem and players are wearing “Black Lives Matter” T-shirts.
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Connected for greater reason. # BlackLivesMatter https://t.co/dthLmon0a7
NBA players continued to support the fight for social justice as they played the rest of the season in the Walt Disney World League near Orlando, Florida amid a COVID-19 pandemic that suspended four and a half months. campaign 2019-20, which begins on March 11.
James explained the league’s news in an interview after playing with NBA TV and NBA reporter TNT reporter Jared Greenberg after his team’s victory of 103-101, which was limited by his winning shot with 12.8 seconds remaining and a subsequent defense against shutting down at the other end:
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“We want to continue to build gas to gas … to continue to spread love throughout America.” @KingJames discusses NBA reboot about reboot and social change with @JaredSGreenberg. https://t.co/HubuVKV03X
He also published this Instagram caption associated with his image, which raised his fist while kneeling during the anthem on Thursday: “What is your purpose in life?” Create change, motivate and inspire others, some of mine! I just hope you continue to make you proud! Love you all! ❤️❤️❤️✊🏾✊🏾 #BlackLivesMatter #TankYouKap # JusticeForBreonnaTaylor. 💔 “
Sending messages from players takes various forms, some of which bring ideas during a press conference after playing or training.
It should be noted that after the victory in Utah in the streets 104-102 above Pelso, jazz shooting guard Donovan Mitchell uncovered a bulletproof vest in which people are killed as a result of police brutality:
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Statement – Donovan Mitchell has a bulletproof vest. The vest is the name of many people killed as a result of police brutality. Adds a quote “Am I next time?” Https://t.co/wUp1QYYNQk
In addition, players from all four teams posted messages on the back of their social justice jerseys, including “Say her name,” “Equality,” and “Black Life.”
The NBA restart will continue on Friday with another six games, starting with the tilt of the Orlando Magic at Brooklyn Networks at 2:30 p.m. ET.