Mark Cuban Says Kaepernick’s Anthem Protest Would’ve Been Accepted In The NBA
Colin Kaepernick is currently feeling the effects of his highly publicized National Anthem protest, as he is currently out of a job and widely considered to be blackballed from the league forever.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban feels this situation never would’ve happened had Kaepernick been a player in the NBA. Instead, Cuban feels that such a stance would’ve been widely accepted, as opposed to what’s going on in the NFL right now.
“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a politician litmus test for our players,” Cuban told Rick Maese of The Washington Post. “I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.”
While no one kneeled during the Anthem last year, many players staged some type of protests, such as linking arms with one another in solidarity with Colin Kaepernick.
“The NBA is such a global game,” Cuban wrote in an email, as quoted by Maese. “I think our players exposure to different political systems among their teammates may help them appreciate our country even more and encourage their participation.”
Way before Colin Kaepernick was even a blip on the radar, Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf started his own protest of the national anthem and was famously blackballed from the NBA back in the 90’s.