With several pro athletes expressing their stance on racial in equality during the U.S. National Anthem, you can expect the movement to hit Toronto during the upcoming NBA season.
The Toronto Raptors are planning to join the growing movement during games in the 2016/17 season.
The catalyst is a story shared by DeMar DeRozan during Monday’s team media day prior to the start of training camp. “I had a close friend of mine a couple of weeks ago that was murdered by the police, shot 17 times,” said DeRozen “It was something I haven’t spoke out about, it was more so of just understanding what’s going on in our society and how much I can help.”
The Raps didn’t give specifics on how they would show support for the cause, but, NBA rules do state that players and coaches must stand during the national anthems.
In August, San Francisco 49ers Colin Kaepernick sat during the national anthem of one of the NFL team’s first pre-season games in a protest move for racial equality.
The QB explained the act as a silent protest to show support for people of color who are being oppressed in the United States, and to take a stand against police brutality.
Players from NFL teams, and other sports like The U.S. Women’s national soccer team, and the WNBA, have taken on some sort of protest action in recent weeks.