Saturday Miami Heat forward Meyers Leonard opted to stand during the national anthem.
Leonard became only the second player to stand for the anthem. Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic was the first.
Per Yahoo, before the game began, Leonard explained his decision to stand to the Associated Press. He’s a big supporter of the military, as his brother, Bailey Leonard, served two tours in Afghanistan. (There was even a segment about Meyers’ and Bailey’s relationship on the Big Ten Network back in 2012.) But he “absolutely” supports the Black Lives Matter movement. He spent days (and several sleepless nights) thinking about whether he would stand or kneel.
“Some of the conversations I’ve had over the past three days, quite literally, have been the most difficult,” Leonard told the Associated Press prior to the game. “I am with the Black Lives Matter movement and I love and support the military and my brother and the people who have fought to defend our rights in this country.”
In the end, Leonard decided to stand. But he wanted to make it clear that his decision to stand doesn’t mean he’s not an ally and supporter.
“I am a compassionate human being and I truly love all people,” Leonard said. “I can’t... (Read more)
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