Charles Barkley is speaking out about NBA players kneeling during the National Anthem and doesn’t want those who choose to stand up for it in honor to be vilified for it.
On TNT’s “NBA Tip-Off” show, Barkley stated, “The thing is, the national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified, but if people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear… I’m glad they have unity, but if we have a guy that doesn’t want to kneel or the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
While the nation has remained in civil unrest for months and the calls for racial and social equality are getting louder, American professional sports team fans are bracing themselves for how many professional athletes will be kneeing during the National Anthem in the beginning of the games.
While kneeling during the National Anthem is against the NBA rules, it has been recently announced by NBA commissioner Adam Silver that that the rule will not be enforced during this time.
Charles Barkley on anthem kneeling "If people don't kneel they're not a bad person" pic.twitter.com/qeZfjHTUZ4
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