Sport Knicks link arms for anthem to call attention to gun violence, civil rights and other issues

04:20  04 october  2017
04:20  04 october  2017 Source:   For The Win

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Knicks link arms for anthem to call attention to gun violence, civil rights and other issues© Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports Knicks link arms for anthem to call attention to gun violence, civil rights and other issues The New York Knicks stood and linked arms for the national anthem before their preseason games against the Nets at Madison Square Garden, and they released a team statement explaining why they chose to do so.

The team says they're choosing to do this "not just as a sign of unity but also to call attention to these issues," which they listed as "gun violence, poverty, equal justice, access to education, and civil rights."

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You can read the full statement below.

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Other NBA teams have been standing with their arms linked too. Last week, commissioner Adam Silver said that he expects players to stand for the anthem and show unity.

While the protests in sports started with former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick saying he was "not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses Black people and people of color" last August, even more athletes have joined in recently after President Donald Trump's inflammatory comments about NFL players who protest the anthem.

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Although, the other athletes joining in have been kneeling/sitting/raising their fists/linking arms for various reasons.

The Knicks also stood togetherfor the anthem last season. At that time, the NBA also spread the message of "unity."

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NFL refutes Trump tweet Goodell is 'demanding' players stand for anthem .
The NFL on Wednesday refuted President Donald Trump’s claim that league Commissioner Roger Goodell is “finally demanding” that players stand up during the national anthem. “Commentary this morning about the Commissioner's position on the Anthem is not accurate. As we said yesterday, there will be a discussion of these issues at the owners meeting next week. The NFL is doing the hard work of trying to move from protest to progress, working to bring people together,” the league said in a statement.

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