During a podcast on TNT, basketball legend Charles Barkley strongly defended professional athletes who refuse to kneel for the National Anthem.
“My thing is, listen. The national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified. But if people… If people don’t kneel, they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear. I’m glad they had unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel ’cause the anthem means something to him, he should not be vilified.”
Shortly before Barkley made the comments, NBA star Shaquille O’Neal praised the players for kneeling for the National Anthem.
“That was so beautifully done, done in unity. Nice to see. Think it’s very important that you speak up. Very important that you speak your mind. So we use our voice to bring awareness. Now