Pelicans and Jazz Take a Knee Before Official NBA Restart

Pelicans and Jazz Take a Knee Before Official NBA Restart

Leading up to the season's restart, many National Basketball Association players have been vocal about their support for the Black Lives Matter protests that erupted across the country since the deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor earlier in 2020.

The NBA will have its first revamped games of the 2019-2020 season on Thursday evening, after the global coronavirus pandemic wreaked havoc on the world of professional sports.

Taking a knee has become an emblematic way of showing support for the Black Lives Matter movement, adopted by athletes around the world in the months since Floyd's death.

Both the Pelicans and Jazz released statements on the matter. He also said on Good Morning America that he respects peaceful protests.

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Kneeling during the anthem in protest was popularized by former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who began kneeling to protest police violence against the Black community nationwide and to demand equality.

The NBA has had a rule going back to the early 1980s that players must stand for the national anthem. The NBA and players union are helping with that. We'll see what happens if (they kneel). The Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers were expected to also take some sort of action before the second game of the re-opening night doubleheader later Thursday. Williamson is already one of the most exciting players in the league despite only playing in 19 games coming into Thursday. Teams have played scrimmages over the last two weeks without any new Covid-19 cases.

A person familiar with the situation said that if all goes well with Williamson's quarantine, he can return to team activities during a practice scheduled for Tuesday night.

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