In the several weeks since 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick first knelt during the pre-game national anthem, he has been joined by more and more athletes in peaceful protest. And with the NBA season about to tip-off, many eyes will be on the world’s premier basketball league to see which hoopsters join the movement.
“I totally would, but it’s been several years since my legs have done that thing, where, what’s it called? Where they make an L shape?” said Knicks point guard Derrick Rose. “Oh bend, that’s what I was thinking of. Bend.”
Rose, who has spoken openly about the issue of gun violence in this country, particularly in his hometown of Chicago, said that he would love to help support this important protest of police brutality. However, the last time he tried to tie his own shoes, he heard a “crack sound” that woke up his neighbors.
Instead of kneeling, Rose has asked the staff at Madison Square Garden to lower his section of the parquet floor about two feet down, so that he’s just sort of lower than the rest of his teammates. “People will get the message,” Rose assured us. “And it’ll look funny. I enjoy comedy, ask anyone.”