Basketball star LeBron James told reporters on Saturday that he supports Colin Kaepernick after his collusion case against the NFL was settled this week.
“I stand with Kap. I kneel with Kap,” James said. “I feel what he was talking about, nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody ever really wanted to actually understand where he was coming from.”
“I stand with Kap. I kneel with Kap. I feel like what he was talking about nobody wanted to listen to. Nobody wanted to really understand where he was coming from.” pic.twitter.com/TUjpgK8JHj
— Tania Ganguli (@taniaganguli) February 16, 2019
Kaepernick, a former quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers, has received support from other athletes after he became the first NFL player to kneel during the national anthem to protest against racial inequality and police brutality.
Lawyers for Kaepernick and Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid announced Friday that they had settled a case against the NFL in which they alleged that the league colluded with team owners to keep them from playing because of their political activism.
“Anybody that would sacrifice their livelihood for the better of all of us, I can respect that. And he’s done that,” James said of Kaepernick while speaking to reporters in Charlotte, N.C., for the NBA All-Star Weekend.
“I hope it’s a hell of a lot of money,” James added, referring to the settlement.
The Los Angeles Lakers player has been a vocal critic of the NFL, especially after the league announced a new rule requiring players to stand for the anthem last May.
In December, he accused team owners of having a “slave mentality” toward players.
“In the NFL they just got a bunch of old, white men owning teams and they got that slave mentality,” James said on HBO’s “The Shop” at the time. “And it’s like, ‘This is my team. You do what the f— I tell y’all to do, or we get rid of y’all.’”