Watch: LeBron James Just Weighed In on Colin Kaepernick's Stance

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Watch: LeBron James Just Weighed In on Colin Kaepernick's Stance

Will the King sit or stand during the national anthem this season?

Published September 26, 2016

When it comes to Colin Kaepernick sitting and kneeling during the national anthem as a stance against racism and violence in America, his fellow athletes either support his silent protest or don't.

Then, there are others who support the San Francisco 49ers' quarterback's stance, but wouldn't use the national anthem as a vehicle to get their message across.

LeBron James falls in that latter category.

While speaking with reporters on the Cleveland Cavaliers' media day on Monday, King James said he's "all in favor" of athletes or non-athletes expressing their heartfelt beliefs in a peaceful manner and he respects Kaepernick's stance.

But that being said, the three-time NBA champion will stand for the national anthem before games this upcoming season, which begins next month.

"I think you guys know when I'm passionate about something I'll speak up on it, so me standing for the national anthem is something I will do, that's who I am, that's what I believe in," James said. "But that doesn't mean I don't respect and don't agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion and he's doing it in the most peaceful way I've ever seen someone do something."

In addition, James made it a point to say how he doesn't like the harsh backlash that Kaepernick has received for his stance against racism and police brutality and that he applauds the QB for continuing to be candid about what he believes in.

Watch James make his full statement below.

James's sentiments mirror Stephen Curry, who told CNBC nearly two weeks ago that he applauds and respects Kaepernick's stance, but that he'll "most likely" stand during the national anthem before games.

While James and Curry have seemingly made up their minds, some of their NBA peers will follow Kaepernick's silent protest, beginning in October.

Earlier this month, Los Angeles Lakers forward Nick Young said he plans on sitting out during the national anthem to support Kaepernick's stance.

Milwaukee Bucks forward Jabari Parker also seemingly vowed to do the same as a nod of respect to Kaepernick.

Just last week, NBA commissioner Adam Silver and players union head union head Michele Roberts sent players a joint memo about wanting to come up with ways to spark change in communities and the country, period, in lieu of more incidents of police brutality against unarmed Black men.

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Written by Mark Lelinwalla

(Photo: Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)


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