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Sport NBA players are coming away with a powerful message about George Floyd's death after kneeling during the national anthem

02:26  05 august  2020
02:26  05 august  2020 Source:   msn.com

Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem

  Giants manager Gabe Kapler, players kneel during anthem OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — 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 standing 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.

Across the NBA , players are kneeling for the national anthem . The contrast in unity is so stark and jarring from four years ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustices. Even the referees and most coaches are

NBA Players Association Executive Director Michele Roberts also suggested the players would address a kneeling situation with the league only should it The NBA had an anthem “controversy” two decades ago. Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf was a wiry 6’1 point guard with a lightning-quick jump shot.

Anthony Davis, LeBron James, Quinn Cook posing for the camera: The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before a game. Ashley Landis/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters © Ashley Landis/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters The Los Angeles Lakers kneel during the national anthem before a game. Ashley Landis/Pool Photo/USA TODAY Sports/Reuters
  • NBA teams have been kneeling during the national anthem before games in the bubble.
  • Several players have compared the gesture to George Floyd's death, noting they're only kneeling for a fraction of the time that a police officer kneeled on Floyd's neck.
  • While in the NBA's bubble, players have tried to keep the focus on social justice reform and racial inequality.
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Even as the 2019-20 NBA season resumed in a bubble, players expressed a desire to keep the focus on social justice reform and Black Lives Matter.

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  Baseball: Giants manager Kapler kneels during national anthem at Oakland game Baseball: Giants manager Kapler kneels during national anthem at Oakland gameHe became the first Major League Baseball manager to kneel during the anthem in a show of solidarity with the Black Lives Matter campaign, which gained momentum after George Floyd's death in police custody in May.

During the national anthem , every Thunder player , coach and staff member on the sideline kneeled . © Ashley Landis, Pool photo via USA TODAY Sports Thunder players kneel for the national anthem before playing the Jazz. Oladipo will play in the bubble.

Rivers compares anthem kneeling to Floyd ’ s death . Doc Rivers made a moving comparison between the national anthem demonstration and the death of George Floyd . NBA teams have been kneeling during the national anthem before games in the bubble to protest social injustice and

Through the first few days of games, players and coaches have kneeled during the national anthem to protest social injustice and police brutality. During the gesture, those involved have come away with a powerful message about George Floyd's death.

On Sunday, the Toronto Raptors and Los Angeles Lakers kneeled for both "The Star-Spangled Banner" and "O Canada." Raptors guard Kyle Lowry said it occurred to him that his knee hurt after about four minutes of kneeling and that it was less than half the time the Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin kneeled on the neck of Floyd.

"Honestly to think about it, I was on my knee for over four minutes," Lowry told ESPN's Malika Andrews in a postgame interview. "To think that a police officer could do that for eight minutes and 46 seconds. Doc Rivers said it, about two minutes, and now we done it for eight [minutes] tonight and I indented my towel. It's a sad moment."

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A subreddit dedicated for NBA news and discussion. Mayor even created Paul George day before he got traded. But yeah I’m sure most or all were already intending to kneel , it’ s just funny how as soon as this guy opened his mouth you just knew every single person was kneeling no question.

4. dumba kneeling at start of u. s . anthem and then blackhawks player While NBA , MLB and MLS players have all taken a knee during the playing of the national anthems The NHL' s restart in Toronto stood in contrast to the powerful messages delivered by the other leagues

LeBron James shared a similar message on Monday, reflecting on kneeling for the two anthems.

"We actually as a unit, as a team, had to switch our knees over from one knee to the other knee because they started to get sore. Kinda started hurting a little bit," James said. "A little over four minutes. And you think about eight minutes and 46 seconds of the officer having his knee on someone's throat for that long.

"Video or no video, it doesn't matter. No one deserves to lose their life when it could have been prevented."

James on Monday wore a shirt with a watch that read 8:46, the time that Chauvin's knee was on Floyd's neck. The shirt was produced by Sloan and Bennet and Klutch Sports.

As Lowry noted, LA Clippers coach Doc Rivers had made the same observation about kneeling after the Clippers' first game.

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The NBA had a strong, powerful re-opening night message . The NBA has a rule that dates back to the early 1980 s decreeing that players must stand for the national anthem , and Commissioner George Floyd in recent months. Even the game referees took a knee during the pregame scene.

Kaepernick began sitting during the national anthem this preseason. A silent protest to show support for people of color who are being oppressed in the United States, and to take a stand against police brutality. There are bodies in the street and people getting paid leave and getting away with murder."

"My knee hurt. In the middle of it, I'm thinking, in two minutes my knee is hurting, yet there was a guy that had his knee on someone's neck for eight minutes. Think about that," Rivers said.

Not every player has kneeled during the anthem. Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic and Meyers Leonard of the Miami Heat both chose to stand for personal reasons. San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich also chose to stand for personal reasons. Spurs guard DeMar DeRozan said Popovich has been outspoken in his fight against racial inequality and should be "vilified" for not kneeling for the anthem.

In addition to kneeling, throughout their time in the "bubble," players have been using some of their media time to advocate for justice for Breonna Taylor and for social justice reform. Many have also urged people to vote.

Additionally, players had the option to put messages of social justice on the backs of their jerseys. The NBA also has "Black Lives Matter" painted on the courts.

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