Colin Kaepernick Rumors
How did you take being traded from the Bucks to the Thunder on Nov. 23 after everything you did there on and off the court? George Hill: When you do stuff that ruffles feathers and is outside the norm, you got to know there is going to be some backlash with it. I prepared myself that summer for me probably not being there. People thought I was probably crazy for thinking that. But I’m human. It is what it is. We’ve seen that many times. We saw Colin Kaepernick [kneel] for what he believed and they tried to destroy his life. I was going to accept that with open arms if I wasn’t going to be able to go play for Milwaukee again. No disrespect to them. They did what they thought was right for the organization.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: First, there is no passing of the torch. Since this award was named after Muhammad Ali in 2014, the recipients have been Magic Johnson (2014); Jack Nicklaus (2015); Jim Brown, Bill Russell and me (2016); Colin Kaepernick (2017); John Cena (2018); and Warrick Dunn (2019). This award is meant to “celebrate individuals whose dedication to the ideals of sportsmanship has spanned decades and whose career in athletics has directly or indirectly impacted the world.” LeBron certainly checks those boxes. But the reason I’m rejecting the passing-the-torch metaphor is that it suggests that the extraordinary contributions and sacrifices of Jack Nicklaus, John Cena and Warrick Dunn are less torch-worthy because they weren’t focused on the volatile issue of social justice.
Chris Paul: “I think it all just came to a head and guys started really communicating and started realizing that you don’t have to just shut up and dribble. “Everyone started banding together. We realized how much stronger we are together so we support each other in whatever it may be. “We support our brother Colin Kaepernick. There is a whole entire community of us that know we’re more than just athletes.”
Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick sent a note of appreciation to Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James. James shared the note he received from Kaepernick on Friday on Instagram, with the caption, “standing/kneeling right next to you brother! Appreciate you.” The three-time NBA champion shared it on the heels of players sitting out games this week in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, on Sunday by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Four years ago on August 14, 2016, I began protesting against systemic racism and social injustice. Truth is what I sought. Solidarity is what you showed me. Love is what moves us forward. Thank you for staying true,” Kaepernick wrote to James.
Cruz says Cuban’s decision to stick up for his players — while dismissing fans who are offended by the anthem protests — is wrong and disrespectful. “The answer is for the NBA to show one, one-billionth of the spinal fortitude they show kissing up to and apologizing for communist China.” Cruz — wearing a Houston Rockets mask — also said straight-up the anthem kneeling protests are disrespectful to police and military members … despite people like Colin Kaepernick explaining it’s only meant to spotlight social injustice and police brutality.