When LeBron James voiced his opinion on the topic of anthem kneeling last month, saying “My voice and what I do in my community is more powerful than getting on a knee,” he was speaking for the NBA masses.
In a league nearly three-fourths African American, where even NBA legend Bill Russell posted a picture recently of himself kneeling in support of the NFL players, this has been a popular stance. And while some players might kneel when the regular season starts Tuesday – either to raise continued awareness for racial injustice or to oppose the actions of President Trump – it’s unlikely we’ll see a widespread movement that’s anywhere near the level of the NFL. A significant part of the reason, as James hinted, has everything to do with the fact that players are maximizing the power of their platforms off the court during this divisive time.
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