There's been plenty of yelling and general unhappiness, to put it mildly, over Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem. He has kneeled for every game this season in protest against what he views as injustices against blacks in America. The NBA season is around the corner and the league is trying to be proactive about how it handles protests by its players.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr believes similar protests will take place in the NBA this upcoming season, and will "absolutely talk to his players as a team" on how they plan to address the playing of the national anthem before games. He said he's talked about his views on it with his team and that they will be on the same page by the time their first game comes around October 1 against the Toronto Raptors.
Kerr said Americans should be "disgusted" by the latest fatal shooting of Terence Crutcher, a 40-year-old unarmed black man, at the hands of police regardless of their feelings toward Kaepernick's stance.
"We like to talk about stuff, basketball or not. It's probably one of the best things that's come out of the Kaepernick issue is that people are talking about it. It's a good thing."
Keith Lamont Scott, a 43-year-old black man, was also killed by local police officers in his apartment complex parking lot in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Tuesday. Whether you agree with Kerr's stance or not, it is good that he is discussing it with his players —- most of whom are African-American —- and making sure they all understand each other and everyone's views on it.
[h/t The Undefeated]
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