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Kobe Bryant says he would protest during national anthem if he were still playing
nBryant told The Undefeated’s Jemele Hill that he believes in the message spread by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and would have joined the protest movement.

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Perhaps the most impressive stat of the night had nothing to do with Kobe, but rather his teammate Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq played 30 minutes, but attempted just six shots total. He still finished with 18 points and 10 rebounds, even hitting 12 of 17 free throws.
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Kobe Bryant says he would protest during national anthem if he were still playing

Kobe Bryant says he would protest during national anthem if he were still playing

“Yeah, I would have participated in it, for sure,” Bryant said. “I’m sure I would have gotten some flak for it. That’s fine. I think that Colin’s message was a very simple one. It was police brutality needs to stop. We need to take a look at that.

“From my experience in the locker room, it doesn’t seem like any of the players that I played with certainly would have had an issue with that. I think we understand this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest. By the way, in my point of view that’s what the flag represents as well. The ability to speak, the ability to voice your opinion. And everybody is entitled to that, so everybody getting up in arms about it, they’re certainly in their right to do that as we’re certainly in our right to protest.”

Kobe Bryant 'For Sure' Would've Participated in Protests During National Anthem
Kobe Bryant ‘For Sure’ Would’ve Participated in Protests During National Anthem

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While the NFL doesn’t have a rule requiring players to stand for the anthem—thus permitting some to kneel or sit in protest this season—the NBA does have a rule that requires players to “line up in a dignified posture.” (The league used the rule to suspend Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf in 1996.)

Kobe Bryant on Kaepernick’s protest: ‘I would have participated’

So when NBA players wanted to make a statement during the national anthem earlier this season, they chose to link arms in a statement of “unity.” The Hawks and Cavs stood together with their arms linked before a game in October. The Knicks stood while interlocking their arms, but Enes Kanter said he’d rather have kneeled.

“Yeah, I would have participated in it, for sure. I’m sure I would have gotten some flak for it. That’s fine,” he told Hill. “I think that Colin’s message was a very simple one. It was police brutality needs to stop. We need to take a look at that.”

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Kobe Bryant arrives at the 90th Academy Awards Nominees Luncheon at The Beverly Hilton hotel on Monday, Feb. 5, 2018, in Beverly Hills, Calif.  (AP)

Now-retired NBA legend Kobe Bryant said Sunday that if he were still playing basketball, he would follow in Colin Kaepernick’s footsteps and take a knee during the national anthem.

Kobe Bryant says he would have participated in the protests during the national anthem if he was still been playing for the NBA “…this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest.” (via TheUndefeated) linked arms during the anthem and small forward LeBron James continues to don “Equality” shoes.

Bryant, speaking to The Undefeated’s Jemele Hill, said he would have protested despite the backlash.

Kobe Bryant says he would have participated in the protests during the national anthem if he was still been playing for the NBA: “…this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest.” (via TheUndefeated) pic.twitter.com/Dyv3xco9Gp&mdash; Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) February 12, 2018

“Yeah, I would have participated in it, for sure," Bryant said. “I’m sure I would have gotten some flak for it. That’s fine. I think that Colin’s message was a very simple one. It was police brutality needs to stop. We need to take a look at that.”

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Bryant said the wave of unpopularity that hit the NFL over the protests would not occur in the NBA.

“But I can’t set out and say ‘I want a farewell tour like Kobe Bryant.’ That’s not who I am. When the time comes, and I don’t want to talk about it ‘coz it’s not here yet, but when the time comes I’ll announce it in my own D-Wade fashion, the way that I do. And hopefully I can move on from it and live on the memories from that point on.”

In this Sept. 12, 2016, file photo, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid (35) and quarterback Colin Kaepernick (7) kneel during the national anthem before an NFL football game against the Los Angeles Rams in Santa Clara, Calif.  (AP)

A farewell tour is unofficially reserved only for the best of the best in the NBA. When an NBA great announces that he’s retiring from the game and that it’s his last season in the league, franchises go all out in serenading the player with parting gifts, farewell videos, and more.

“From my experience in the locker room, it doesn’t seem like any of the players that I played with certainly would have had an issue with that," he said. “I think we understand this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest.”

Bryant said that’s what the American flag stands for, “the ability to voice your opinion.”

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said prior to the start of the 2017-18 season that he expected players to stand for the national anthem

NBA rules require players to stand for the anthem. Silver said the playing of the national anthem has always been a time for respect and reflection — even in a league where 25 percent of the players are not American — and recalled that many teams locked arms last season.

Ryan Gaydos is an editor for Fox News. Follow him on Twitter @RyanGaydos.


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