Victor Oladipo shares his thoughts on the national anthem protests
There has been a firestorm of controversy surrounding the NFL, and specifically 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, because of his decision to not stand during the national anthem.
In what began as a lone sign of protest against the countless oppressions African Americans face daily in the United States, it has now grown tremendously with players on many teams following Kaepernick’s lead and protesting as well. Unfortunately, mainstream media and people across the nation have been more concerned with the protest itself instead of the cause Kaepernick is trying to bring attention to.
In a recent interview with Complex Sports’ writer Russ Bengston, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo was asked about this protest and if he thinks it will transfer over to the NBA.
“Oh, no question. I truly believe it will. Because at the end of the day it’s a sport, and people are gonna be looking at some guys in the NBA to see what they’re gonna do as well. At the end of the day you just control what you can control, so your opinion is your opinion, that’s the beauty of the United States, so, do whatever you feel is best that will help you do whatever you believe.”
With some of the active and vocal players present in the NBA, it is very likely that we will in fact see the protests carry over to the NBA. Just a few months ago at the ESPY’s, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James took the stage and eloquently spoke on the police involved shootings that have been rampant and many other relevant social issues. Look for them to have a say on this topic when the season starts, maybe even earlier.