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...
U.S. Women’s National Team Wants Anthem Protest Ban Repealed
In 2016, U.S. Women’s Soccer star player Megan Rapinoe knelt during the national anthem, showing solidarity with then San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the national anthem protesting racial injustice and police brutality in the United States. Months after Rapinoe knelt, U.S. Soccer instituted a policy which forced players to “stand respectfully” during the paying of the national anthem.On Monday, amid the nationwide protests in support of the Black Lives Matter movement, the USWNT issued a statement on Twitter, calling for this policy to be repealed. In their s...