Shaq on Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem Protest: ‘I Would Never Do That’
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Have you seen Shaq lately? The MDE has been on a media tour for the past week as he prepares for his Hall of Fame induction this Friday. On Wednesday, one of his many stops was with “Fox and Friends,” where he shared some stories about his journey to the hall and his thoughts on Colin Kaepernick’s National Anthem protest.
“To each his own,” Shaq said. “It’s something I wouldn’t do.
“I don’t know Colin, but again, to each his own. I don’t really have a say on it, but I would never do that. My father was a military man, and you know, he protected this country. Uncles are in law enforcement, you know, they go out and work hard every day.
“Just, (there are) other ways to get your point across.”
Shaq also questioned why Kaepernick is just now taking a stand.
“What happened last year?” Shaq asked. “How come you didn’t decide to do this last year or the year before that or the year before that?”
He also asked these questions and went into much more depth with co-hosts John Kincade and Rob Jenners on the latest episode of “The Big Podcast With Shaq.” In the podcast, they also explain why it’s ridiculous for people to compare what Kaepernick is doing to what influential icons like Ali, Kareem, Bill Russell and Jackie Robinson did in the past.
STEPH CURRY ON KAEPERNICK
Also on Wednesday, Steph Curry shared his thoughts on Kaepernick with CNBC.
“I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand up for what he believes in,” Curry said in an interview with Sara Eisen. “There’s going to be people that disagree with him and there’s going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African Americans and people of color.
“So I applaud him for taking a stand and hopefully the conversation is about what his message was and not, ‘Is he going to stand or is he going to sit for the national anthem?’ … The conversation is started and should continue.”