PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Charles Barkley doesn’t consider the NFL Nationwide Anthem protests are essentially undertaking what we would like them to.
Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick started sitting down in the course of the Nationwide Anthem of his workforce’s first preseason recreation final yr. On September 1st, 2016 — through the 49ers’ last preseason recreation — Kaepernick determined to kneel as an alternative, a extra respectful protest.
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Now, NFL gamers protesting the mistreatment of minorities in the course of the Nationwide Anthem earlier than video games is commonplace.
Barkley, the outspoken NBA analyst for TNT, says the message is misplaced.
“I feel that we now have spent a lot time worrying concerning the narrative of who’s standing for the anthem, who’s not standing for the anthem, we’ve truly misplaced the message that we have been making an attempt to get,” Barkley stated on The Howard Eskin Podcast this week.
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“I feel with this example, we have now spent the final, now yr, speaking about Colin Kaepernick and totally different guys standing through the Nationwide Anthem. And who’s gonna be there, who’s an excellent man who does it, who’s a nasty man who doesn’t do it. We’ve misplaced the narrative.”
Eskin requested Barkley what skilled athletes might do as an alternative to protest racial injustice.
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“Properly to start with, you must settle for the very fact there’s racism,” Barkley defined. “Racism has all the time been right here, it’s gonna all the time be right here. So that you begin with that premise. After which it’s a must to make an trustworthy choice what you are able to do. You possibly can’t management what everyone thinks, says, or does.
“However I attempt to determine what can I do to make the state of affairs higher and also you go from there. I’ve no drawback speaking about any of these items.”
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