The Knicks and the Rockets may be rivals after the coin toss, but before the game began on Oct. 4, they wanted to prove they were all on the same side on one issue — social injustice. The two teams locked arms as the national anthem played during a preseason game. Check out the clip of their attempt to come together, right after the jump.
The New York Knicks and the Houston Rockets set aside their rivalry to take a stand against social injustice by locking arms during the national anthem on Oct. 4. When the teams came together before their preseason game at the Toyota Center in Houston, it was a very powerful sight to behold. We have to say that, no matter how we feel about how the athletes choose to honor the Star-Spangled Banner, we believe it is their right to show their support for a good cause, like fighting social and racial injustice.
Carmelo Anthony, a Knicks forward, is among several NBA players to speak out against these topics in the United States. “The system is broken, the problems are not new, the violence is not new and the racial divide definitely is not new, but the urgency for change is definitely at an all-time high,” he said in a speech among other great athletes, including LeBron James, Chris Paul and Dwyane Wade back in July at the ESPYs, ESPN.com reports.
Carmelo is really looked up to for taking this stand in the athletic community. “Carmelo taught us all this summer what it means to use your position to influence the world,” Cavaliers point guard Kyrie Irving told the Bleacher Report. “He taught us that we need to stand up for what we believe in and that athletes need to get involved in the social issues that are affecting us all. I don’t think you can overstate the impact that Carmelo’s had on athletes in all sports.”
We can’t help but notice the similarities between what Carmelo and the Knicks are doing, and what Colin Kaepernick is attempting to do by taking a knee during the national anthem at football games. However, it seems like the San Francisco 49ers quarterback is getting a lot more heat for his actions than Carmelo and the Knicks are.
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