The first NFL preseason game has started, and Colin Kaepernick still finds himself without a spot on an NFL roster.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban, who has defended Kaepernick’s anthem protest in the past, again spoke out against the NFL in an interview with the Washington Post.
He believes that Kaepernick would not be experiencing the same problems had he been a player in the NBA.
Cuban said via the Post:
“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban said. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”
It’s true that the NBA rarely discourages social activism. Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James made powerful statements for social change during last year’s ESPYS. In 2014, NBA players – including LeBron and Kyrie Irving – wore “I Can’t Breathe” shirts during warmups to support Eric Garner and his family. Garner died after being put in a chokehold by a police officer. Three years later, Department of Justice prosecutors are still investigating Garner’s death.
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But to Cuban’s point, Kaepernick’s anthem protest would have drawn a fine in the NBA had the league enforced its rule requiring players to stand during the anthem. Silver also said last year that standing during the anthem would be ” the appropriate thing to do.” Silver has also urged players to visit Donald Trump’s White House if invited.
You can read the full story from the Washington Post here.
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