Sports fans took joy in the return of the NBA last night. There were two games on Thursday night including the Utah Jazz playing against the New Orleans Pelicans, as well as the Los Angeles Lakers taking on the Clippers. We witnessed two competitive games which saw the Jazz and Lakers coming away victorious. The players showed out with their social justice messages on their jerseys, while also kneeling for the anthem.
Lebron James explains in an interview how Colin Kaepernick was an inspiration for the move.
LeBron James on kneeling during the anthem to protest systemic racism: “I hope we made Kaep proud.” LeBron then explains his gratitude for the military pic.twitter.com/FHYWyD06Hm
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“I hope we continue to make Kap proud. Every single day I hope I make him proud on how I live my life, not only on the basketball floor, but off the floor,” LeBron said. “Kap was someone who stood up when times weren’t comfortable, when people didn’t understand, people refused to listen to what he was saying. If you go back and go look at any of his postgame interviews when he was talking about why he was kneeling, it had absolutely nothing to do with the flag. It had absolutely nothing to do with the soldiers, the men and women that keep our land free.”
Moving forward, LeBron and the Lakers are favorites to win it all and with everything that has happened within the last six months, they certainly have a lot to play for.
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