Bucking NBA Recent Memo, Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel If Still Playing

Categories // LA Focus, Entertainment Thursday, 05 October 2017

Bucking NBA Recent Memo, Kobe Bryant Says He Would Kneel If Still Playing

With the NFL protests in full swing and the headline making controversy set off when LeBron James responded to President Trump’s rescinding a White House invitation to Steph Curry by calling the President a bum, the NBA’s head office is not leaving to chance any question of where they stand.

    In a memo issued to all 30 teams Adam Silver comments reinforced a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem.
      Said Silver, “It’s been a rule as long as I’ve been involved with the league, and my expectation is that our players will continue to stand for the anthem.”
      “Our teams’ focus remains on unity and collective action that leads to meaningful change in society,” Silver added in the memo. “The players have embraced their roles in those efforts and we are proud of the work they do in our communities…
      “We believe sports are a unifier and this is an opportunity for the NBA to once again lead by its core values of equality, inclusion and unity and to bridge divides and bring people together.”
      Penalties are expected to be assessed to those players who do not stand. Former Lakers great, Kobe Bryant, has said that if he were still playing, he would not stand. In an appearance on the The Hollywood Reporter’s ‘Awards Chatter’ podcast, when asked if he would stand or kneel for the national anthem, Brant simply said, “Kneel.”
      Bryant made his feelings for the President clear when on September 23 —following the White House flap—he tweeted this: “A #POTUS whose name alone creates division and anger. Whose words inspire dissension and hatred can't possibly "Make America Great Again"

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