Cavs’ J.R. Smith: ‘I Don’t Feel Like The Flag Represents What It’s Supposed To’

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During an open scrimmage on Monday, the National Anthem blared throughout Quicken Loans Arena  and J.R. Smith was seen standing behind all of his Cavaliers’ teammates. According to him, he had plenty of reasons for doing so.

“I don’t feel like the flag represents what it’s supposed to at this point,” Smith said following Friday’s shootaround, according to’s Joe Vardon. “We obviously didn’t discuss what we were going to do as a team, and I definitely, I don’t feel, it’s not an easy situation for me with the national anthem.

“Especially coming from where I come from, it’s just not. I don’t feel like it’s represented the right way, obviously it’s a tough conversation for everybody, and it still needs to be, I wouldn’t say talked about, because there’s been a lot of conversations about it, it’s time to start doing. What efforts are we going to put toward it?”

The Cavaliers guard has not been shy about expressing his feelings about the state of this country and President Donald Trump. He’s voiced his displeasure many times on social media within the past few months.

Back in August, he took to Twitter following the events in Charlottesville involving white supremacists. In his tweet he called out President Donald Trump without using his name, while mocking his slogan, “Make America Great Again.”

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