Steve Kerr Comments on Colin Kaepernick, Non-Violent Protests

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistSeptember 21, 2016

Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr listens to a question during an NBA basketball news conference Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2016, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
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Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr met with reporters Wednesday, and the Bay Area boss provided his take on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick's protest of the national anthem.

When asked to discuss the way players such as Kaepernick have used their platforms to speak out against social injustice, Kerr offered a balanced and thoughtful response regarding players' activism, per the Bay Area News Group's Anthony Slater:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Warriors coach Steve Kerr came strong, and nuanced, on the Kaepernick issue and the real message behind the non-violent protests https://t.co/9lxuP93NEQ

Kerr also told reporters he will support Warriors players if they decide to follow Kaepernick's lead in one way or another, per Slater:

Anthony Slater @anthonyVslater

Steve Kerr's fine with social activism from his players:"As long as the message is clear, I'm all for people speaking out against injustice" https://t.co/CRXreZEKLC

Kerr's comments come a day after several NBA players, including Russell WestbrookChris Paul, Rajon RondoNick Young and Dwyane Wade, posted messages on social media regarding the death of Terence Crutcher in Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Kerr isn't the first NBA figure to speak out about possible protests when the regular season tips off in October.

On Sept. 14, Oklahoma City Thunder guard Victor Oladipo told Complex's Russ Bengtson he believes NBA players will silently protest during the national anthem. 

"Oh, no question," he said. "I truly believe it will. Because at the end of the day it’s a sport, and people are gonna be looking at some guys in the NBA to see what they’re gonna do as well."

During an appearance on stage at the ESPYs in July, Paul, Wade, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James urged athletes across the country to try to use their platform to spur social change and activism, per ESPN.com

"The system is broken, the problems are not new, the violence is not new, and the racial divide definitely is not new, but the urgency for change is definitely at an all-time high," Anthony said.