Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James offered his support Monday to San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others who continue to protest during the national anthem.
During the Cavaliers' media day, James praised Kaepernick for finding a non-violent way to draw attention to social issues, courtesy of NBA TV:
LeBron did, however, confirm he won't kneel while "The Star-Spangled Banner" plays before games, per ESPN.com's Dave McMenamin: "Me standing for the national anthem is something I will do. ... But that doesn't mean I don't respect [Kaepernick]."
James added being a father has given him a different perspective on police violence, per McMenamin:
While other athletes sometimes shy away from taking sides on important issues, the four-time MVP has shown a willingness to speak his mind on hot-button topics.
In March 2012, he and his Miami Heat teammates wore hooded sweatshirts following the shooting of Trayvon Martin:
After Eric Garner died at the hands of New York police in 2014, James was among the NBA players who wore an "I Can't Breathe" shirt during pregame warm-ups.
"I believe in order for us to ultimately be as great as we can be as a nation that all of us have to go back into our communities and lend our hand," James said at a charity event in August, per McMenamin. "It starts brick by brick. It starts person by person. Family by family. Kid by kid."