Former Indiana basketball star and current Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo said he expects national anthem protests, made popular by San Francisco 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick, will spill over into the NBA once the season begins.
In an interview with Complex Magazine’s Russ Bengston, Oladipo said there was “no question” the protests would cross into arenas around the country.
I truly believe (the protests) will (continue). Because at the end of the day it’s a sport, and people are gonna be looking at some guys in the NBA to see what they’re gonna do as well. At the end of the day you just control what you can control, so your opinion is your opinion, that’s the beauty of the United States, so, do whatever you feel is best that will help you do whatever you believe.
But I think, definitely, we’ll see a few guys in the NBA doing the same thing.
A few NBA players—Kevin Durant and Steph Curry, most notably—have discussed the issue as well. Curry indicated he respected Kaepernick’s stance but will probably stand for the anthem. Durant said he simply stands behind anyone who chooses to stand for their own beliefs.