NBA players kneel during National Anthem

NBA players kneel during National Anthem

Posted on 08/01/2020

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Thursday NBA players kneeled during the national anthem wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts before kicking off the league's reopened season in Orlando, Florida.

Players of the New Orleans Pelicans and the Utah Jazz, joined by coaches and game officials, all kneeled.

In the next game the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers did the same.

The demonstration, started by former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, calls attention to racial injustice and police brutality.

On some players' jerseys their names were replaced with messages such as "Equality," "I Am A Man," "Ally," and "Say Her Name."

The say her name campaign is a social movement aimed at raising awareness and seeking justice for black female victims of police brutality and racial injustice.

After the moment, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said he will not force players to stand during the national anthem.

The NBA will hold games without fans amid the pandemic.

Players have been based at Walt Disney resort just outside of Orlando.

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