NBA players kneel during national anthem in support of Black Lives Matter
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NBA players took their peaceful protests to another level Thursday, kneeling during the national anthem in an act of solidarity as they continue to champion social justice movements.
Lakers and Clippers players and coaches kneeled during the national anthem before their game. pic.twitter.com/SsOgAsVlHw
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 31, 2020
All players of both the Utah Jazz-New Orleans Pelicans and Los Angeles Lakers-Clippers games got down on their knees and locked arms throughout the playing of the anthem.
Proud of my @NBA brethren – players, coaches & yes, even the referees – kneeling in solidarity … Let’s hope real, lasting change will finally be realized. Our lives depend on it. #NBAVoices #NBARestart @LAClippers @Lakers @NBAonTNT It’s a welcome change to just channel surfing pic.twitter.com/tC8Anpk4yZ
— TheBillRussell (@RealBillRussell) July 31, 2020
NBA legend and basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell himself praised the act.
The league has made efforts to highlight social justice statements, putting “Black Lives Matter” text on their official game courts.
Players were also allowed to change surnames at the back of their jerseys to statements of their choice, like “Say Her Name,” “Justice Now,” and “Peace.”