NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley defended athletes who choose not to kneel during the National Anthem from being “vilified,” after the reopening of the NBA season on Thursday featured every player on the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz knelt on the court in protest.
Before the first game of the NBA’s 2019-20 season restart, players including Zion Williamson and Donovan Mitchell wore Black Lives Matter shirts as they knelt with their arms around each other while coaches and team personnel joined in. The demonstration was brought up on TNT’s halftime show after the Pelicans took a lead to the Jazz.
“That was beautifully done in unity,” Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal said. “Nice to