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New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony said he recently spoke with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick and offered some words of support as he continues his National Anthem protest.
In a recent conversation with Howard Bryant of The Undefeated, Carmelo revealed that he spoke with Kaepernick after the first time he decided to sit during the National Anthem.
“I spoke to (Kaepernick) that night,” Anthony said. “He reached out to me that night. And I’m watching and I’m like, ‘OK.’ Like, ‘What’s next?’ In a very respectful way, he was like, ‘I took this step and, you know, just wanted to get your thoughts on what’s happening.’
“And I said, ‘Well, you’re courageous.’ I said, ‘You just showed a lot of courage in what you just did, but now is the hard part because you have to keep it going. So if that was just a one-time thing, then you’re fucked. But now you keep it going and be articulate and elaborate on why you’re doing it, and be educated and knowledgeable of why you’re doing it so when people ask, you can stand up for what you believe in and really let them hear why.’”