New York Knicks superstar Carmelo Anthony has been vocal with the problems of inner city violence and police brutality. He spoke on Black Lives Matter at this year’s ESPYs, and was one of the players that helped strategized the peaceful protest going on in the NBA.
NFL Player Colin Kaepernick has peacefully protested by taking a knee during the national anthem. In an interview with with Undefeated Melo revealed he spoke to Kaepernick the day he started his protest.
“I spoke to him that night. He reached out to me that night. And I’m watching and I’m like, “OK.” Like, “What’s next?” In a very respectful way, he was like, “I took this step and, you know, just wanted to get your thoughts on what’s happening.” And I said, “Well, you’re courageous.” I said, “You just showed a lot of courage in what you just did, but now is the hard part because you have to keep it going. So if that was just a one-time thing, then you’re [f—ed]. But now you keep it going and be articulate and elaborate on why you’re doing it, and be educated and knowledgeable of why you’re doing it so when people ask, you can stand up for what you believe in and really let them hear why.”
Many sports stars have supported the kneeling, each week more and more players are joining in. The NBA has decided to take a different approach, each team has decided to lock arms during the National Anthem. Read the rest of the interview here.