By the end of the day Monday, the NBA season will be in full swing. All players must report to their teams by then and training camps across the league will be under way by Tuesday. With that being said, we’re likely to hear many players, coaches and executives share their thoughts regarding national anthem protests, which have been going on across several levels of multiple sports ever since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick spoke out about his feelings regarding The Star-Spangled Banner last month.
Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr shared his thoughts on the topic last week. And Oklahoma City point guard Russell Westbrook, expressed outrage regarding the shooting of Terence Crutcher — an African-American motorist killed by police in Tulsa last week — in an Instagram post.
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#enoughisenough from @realjohngray – A terrorist in New Jersey bombs New York has a shoot out with cops and gets grazed with a bullet. And safely arrested. A man with car trouble in Tulsa gets TAZED then shot. And then they stand there. Don't offer him aid, comfort, nothing. No gun. No criminal activity. And I've heard people say "he should have complied". As if that has ANYTHING TO DO WITH KILLING AN UNARMED MAN. Stop making excuses. His color got him killed. If that was a well dressed non-black female, do you think the helicopter pilot would have said "she looks like a bad person" in the same manner they said Terrance Crutcher "looks like a bad person"? Of course not. His color was the only thing that made him bad. From 500 feet in the air. I'm tired man. And I'm scared. Cuz I'm big and my skin is brown. Lord don't let my car break down, don't let me be in the wrong place at the wrong time. Don't let me reach for my phone or do anything threatening. Jesus help THIS NATION.
As far as whether or not he plans to sit or kneel during the anthem once the games begin, though, Westbrook is thus far noncommittal.