Charles Barkley Defends Players Who Don’t Want To Kneel During Anthem ‘If People Don’t Kneel They’re Not A Bad Person’

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Charles Barkley is defending those who don’t want to kneel during the national anthem.

Before Thursday night’s game between the Pelicans and the Jazz, every member of both teams decided to kneel before the anthem to show support for the Black Lives Matter movement.

After the NBA players’ display, Barkley wanted to make sure to say that if players decide they don’t want to kneel they shouldn’t be vilified by fans or the media for it.

The national anthem means different things to different people. I’m glad these guys are all unified but if people don’t kneel they’re not a bad person. I want to make that perfectly clear, I’m glad they have unity, but if we have a guy who doesn’t want to kneel because the anthem means something to him he should not be vilified.