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Sports All NBA players of the first game kneel during the anthem

04:46  31 july  2020
04:46  31 july  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem

  Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem OAKLAND, Calif. — San Francisco Giants manager Gabe Kapler and several of his players knelt during the national anthem before Monday night's exhibition game against the Oakland Athletics. Right fielder Jaylin Davis and first base coach Antoan Richardson, both African American, also took a knee as shortstop Brandon Crawford stood between them with a hand on each of their shoulders. Davis held his right hand over his heart, while Richardson clasped his hands in front of him. Kapler, beginning his first season managing the Giants after two disappointing years guiding the Phillies, didn't discuss his plans to kneel in a pregame session with media members.

NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts also suggested the players would address a NBA commissioner David Stern suspended Abdul-Rauf for one game and negotiated a Technically, kneeling during the anthem is not allowed by the NBA . We’ll see if the league enforces

The NBA has a rule requiring players to stand for the national anthem , but the league is not expected to enforce that. This person noted that at the time the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks would all leave the floor during the anthem in a very conspicuous protest — something happening again right now in

Alle Spieler der New Orleans Pelicans und von Utah Jazz knien vor einem «Black Lives Matter»-Schriftzug. © Ashley Landis / Pool AP / dpa All players of the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz kneel in front of a “Black Lives Matter” lettering.

To start the rest of the season in the NBA, all players in the Utah Jazz and New Orleans Pelicans knelt down just before playing the US national anthem.

The basketball players also wore black T-shirts with white letters and the slogan “Black lives matter”. All coaches, coaches and referees visible on TV also took part in the symbolic protest against racism and police violence against African Americans and knelt down.

"I respect our teams' peaceful peaceful protest for social justice and under these circumstances will not enforce the longstanding rule that requires standing in the national anthem," said NBA boss Adam Silver in a reaction, according to US media .

The recorded variant of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was an instrumental version without the usual text. In the game, many players wore messages instead of their names on the jersey.

The kneeling during the anthem as a form of protest goes back to the football professional Colin Kaepernick, who demonstrated this way in 2016 as quarterback of the San Francisco 49ers.

AP source: Mets to sign C Maxwell, 1st MLB player to kneel .
NEW YORK — The New York Mets have agreed to a minor league contract with catcher Bruce Maxwell, the first major league player to kneel during the national anthem to protest racial injustice, according to a person familiar with the deal. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the agreement had not been announced and was pending the completion of a physical and intake testing for the coronavirus. The deal was first reported by Newsday.

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