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Isaiah Thomas says he will stand for national anthem, but respects those who protest

Alex Reimer
August 17, 2017 - 3:55 pm

Celtics point guard Isaiah Thomas has a measured take when it comes to national anthem protests. 

In an interview with TMZ Sports, the All-Star says he doesn’t plan on sitting or kneeling during the “Star-Spangled Banner” this season. But he respects those who want to speak out on social issues. “Stand for what you feel is right,” Thomas said. “I’m not going to do it, but that’s those players’ decisions.”

The Celtics held a team demonstration during the anthem last year, when every player interlocked arms to promote unity. 

Various NBA stars, including LeBron James, often make political statements in favor of progressive causes. Earlier this week, James, who campaigned with Hillary Clinton, took a shot at President Donald Trump while denouncing the violence in Charlottesville. 

Hate has always existed in America. Yes we know that but Donald Trump just made it fashionable again! Statues has nothing to do with us now!,” he tweeted.

Though Thomas says he will stand for the anthem, he doesn’t think it’s unpatriotic to protest the song. 

I don’t think it has anything to do with that. I think they’re doing it for a different reason. Everybody has their own reason of doing it,” he explained.


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