New Golden State Warriors forward Kevin Durant has voiced his support of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s decision to protest the national anthem at football games, according to Anthony Slater of the San Jose Mercury News/Bay Area News Group.
“I’m behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in,” Durant said. “Colin Kaepernick is standing up for what he believes in. That’s what makes our country so great, right? You have the luxury to do so. He was unapologetic about it and, in his defense, I don’t think he was trying to disrespect anyone. I think he was trying to get his point across. I’m all for anyone who wants to do that. As athletes, we have this huge platform. A lot if people are watching at all times. Sometimes it may not be what you do, they like. But if you feel like it’s gonna be impactful, that's on you. I feel like everyone should stand up for what they believe.”
Kaepernick has decided not to stand for the national anthem during the preseason in protest of racial inequalities and injustices taking place in America, including police-related violence.
NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said that he does not necessarily agree with Kaepernick’s protest but acknowledges his right to do so. Durant's teammate, Stephen Curry, has also said he supports Kaepernick.