Kobe Bryant: I would have participated in anthem protests if still playing

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant has revealed if the anthem protests were around when he was playing, he would've taken a knee in solidarity.

Bryant also said that he believes the protests would have gone over fine in National Basketball Association locker-rooms.

"I'm sure I would have gotten some flak for it".

"Yeah, I would have participated in it, for sure", Bryant told Hill. That's fine. I think that Colin's message was a very simple one.

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Bryant has defended Kaepernick and others who have refused to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner" in the past, but never before explicitly stated whether or not he would have protested himself. "It was police brutality needs to stop; we need to take a look at that".

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTillerson: Russia already looking to interfere in 2018 midterms Dems pick up deep-red legislative seat in Missouri Speier on Trump's desire for military parade: "We have a Napoleon in the making" MORE threw the issue into the spotlight past year when he attacked NFL players who protested during the national anthem, calling for team owners to fire them.

During an interview with "The Undefeated", Bryant was asked whether he would have participated in the peaceful protests during the national anthem if he were still playing.

'I think we understand this is a free country.

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Before the season, the NBA sent a memo to its teams emphasising the rule requiring players stand for the national anthem will be enforced. "I think we have the right to peaceful protest", he said.

'And by the way, from my point of view, that's what the flag represents as well. The ability to speak.

Bryant said that's what the American flag stands for, "the ability to voice your opinion".

'So everybody getting up in arms about it, they're certainly in their right to do that, as we're certainly in our right to protest - peacefully at that'.

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