Iman Shumpert Will Donate To Charity Throughout The Season Because Kneeling Is ‘No Longer The Answer’

Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace

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A week ago, Iman Shumpert hinted at protesting NBA games by kneeling like Colin Kaepernick in a rap song. There wasn’t anything definitive, just a single line where he raps, “you best believe I’m going to take me a knee for the anthem.”

On social media Wednesday, Shumpert gave a shout out to Kaepernick and said that he’s going to “donate money and time towards a foundation striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen” for every steal he records this upcoming season in lieu of kneeling during The Star Spangled Banner.

Shumpert’s promise to donate toward a foundation comes on the heels of Kaepernick announcing a website to track his donations and how they’re spent. Kaepernick said that he would donate $100,000 per month for the next 10 months for a total of $1 million in less than a year.

Last year, Shumpert recorded 54 steals and recorded a career high of 101 in his rookie year with the Knicks. There is no word yet on how much Shumpert plans on donating per steal, but look for him to eclipse his total from last season if he can stay healthy. Obviously, ripping dribbles and jumping passing lanes will be about much more than basketball for the Cavaliers guard in 2016-17.

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