When asked if he plans to stand for the National Anthem before each game this year, LeBron James offered an interesting take in regards to what standing means and about the whole Kaepernick situation.
James began by saying that he does understand and appreciate Kaepernick’s ability and willingness to express himself. But he also was sure to add how important standing for the Anthem is to him, saying, “That’s exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that. I think you guys know that when I’m passionate about something, I speak upon it. Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do. That’s who I am. That’s what I believe in. But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect and don’t agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing.”
He also made clear that he appreciates how peaceful the situation has been, and about how important some of these issues are. This was made clear when James, the father of three, explained what he fears about his sons possibly having interactions with the police, “I’m not that confident that things are going to go well and my son is going to return home.”
Yet, it is the end of his message which really is important and demonstrates the sense of unity needed to solve these difficult issues. He explained, “But at the same time, all lives do matter. It’s not just about black or white, it’s everyone.”
(H/T: Chicago Sun Times)