Cleveland Cavaliers star Lebron James said he will stand during the national anthem throughout the NBA season, and not participate in the protest started by an NFL quarterback to highlight abuse by police officers against communities and people of color.
James, 31, said his decision is a personal one, but understand and respects what San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick is doing by protesting.
“We have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do,” James said during the Cavaliers Media Day on Monday. “What I do like about the situation is the negative attention that is thrown upon him by certain people because it’s not deserving. He was very educated, very smart, very candid and very demanding about what he wanted to do and he didn’t ‘t ask anybody else to join him.”