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Sports Heat's Leonard says he stood for U.S. anthem out of respect for military

22:52  01 august  2020
22:52  01 august  2020 Source:   thescore.com

Butler, Adebayo score 22 each as Heat top Nuggets 125-105

  Butler, Adebayo score 22 each as Heat top Nuggets 125-105 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each scored 22 points to help the Miami Heat beat the Denver Nuggets 125-105 on Saturday in the first restart game for both teams. Kelly Olynyk scored all 20 of his points in the fourth quarter for the Heat, who shot 56% from the field. Nikola Jokic and Jerami Grant each scored 19 points for Denver. The Nuggets played without guards Jamal Murray (hamstring), Will Barton (knee) and Gary Harris (hip). Murray ranks second on the team with 18.8 points per game. Heat centre Meyers Leonard stood during the national anthem, saying it was out of respect forr the U.S. military, while all the coaches and players around him kneeled.

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As teammates and opponents kneeled, Miami Heat center Meyers Leonard stood for the U.S. national anthem before Saturday's game against the Denver Nuggets.

Prior to the contest, Leonard explained his decision to Tim Reynolds of The Associated Press, referencing his brother who served two tours of duty in Afghanistan with the Marines, as well as friends who are Navy SEALS.

"I absolutely believe Black lives matter," the 28-year-old said. He added: "Some of the conversations I've had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult. I am with the Black Lives Matter movement and I love and support the military and my brother and the people who have fought to defend our rights in this country."

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Like San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich - who also opted to stand for the anthem Friday - Leonard wore a "Black Lives Matter" shirt.

"I am a compassionate human being and I truly love all people," Leonard said. "I can't fully comprehend how our world, literally and figuratively, has turned into black-and-white. There's a line in the sand, so to speak: 'If you're not kneeling, you're not with us.' And that's not true.

"I will continue to use my platform, my voice, and my actions to show how much I care about the African American culture and for everyone. I live my life to serve and impact others in a positive way."

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