Heat's Meyers Leonard stands for anthem and stands up for Miami with $100,000 donation
Meyers Leonard has spent the NBA’s resumption at Disney World standing for what he believes in. In a less public way, the Miami Heat center also has been standing up for what the league has made a primary purpose.He’s visible as one of the few who has elected to stand during the national anthem for the games at the Wide World of Sports complex, while most kneel to protest systemic racism and support Black Lives Matter. However, Leonard revealed Friday a different type of statement he and his wife have made.“I know in my heart, and if I can shed some light on this, people can be both,” he said,...
Shannon Ryan: Meyers Leonard received support, understanding and compassion for showing dissent during the national anthem. But where was this empathy for Colin Kaepernick?
Across the NBA, players are kneeling for the national anthem.The contrast in unity is so stark and jarring from four years ago when former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest racial injustices.Even the referees and most coaches are kneeling.Participation in this once-polarizing form of protest is now so suddenly universal that when a player stands for the anthem, he stands out. And at the NBA restart, it was the Miami Heat’s Meyers Leonard, who is white, who drew attention.Leonard, a former Illini star whose brother served in the m...
Heat take knee during anthem at Disney, except Meyers Leonard; Jimmy Butler wears his name
As was the case around the NBA during the first two days of the league’s regular-season resumption, almost all of the Miami Heat players and staffers took a knee during the national anthem that preceded Saturday’s game against the Denver Nuggets.The exception was center Meyers Leonard, who has family military ties. He stood at attention during the Star Spangled Banner, wearing a “Black Lives Matter” shooting shirt.“Some of the conversations I’ve had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult,” Leonard told the Associated Press. “I am with the Black Lives Matter mov...