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Just last week, New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who is one of the most outspoken athletes on social issues, stated he spoke with San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick the night he decided to begin kneeling during the playing of 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.’”
According to quotes provided by Bleacher Report Magazine, Carmelo is past the kneeling and gestures because they aren’t actually changing anything. Instead, he claims that real actions need to begin.
“I’m past the gestures,” New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that—enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff—we need to start putting things in place.”
“He’s done it,” Anthony said of Kaepernick. “He was courageous enough to do that. He created that. He created the kneeling and that protest. And people fell in line with that. Some people supported it. Some people didn’t. But at the end of the day, and I’m not taking nothing away from him…I just don’t think the gesturing is creating anything. I think it’s bringing awareness, but I think doing stuff and creating awareness in the communities [is more effective].”
“In the last few months, without fanfare or much media coverage, teams have sprung into action—beginning to help bridge the divide between police and communities across the country.”
While most will see this as a shot at Kaepernick’s kneeling and other players who kneel or raise a fist, Melo is simply trying to move the protest further than just gestures. He wants players to get out there and actually spark a change.