Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem of 49er games has led to a national conversation — more about the flag and what is/is not respecting it than the disregard for the value of black lives in America that Kaepernick wanted to draw attention to. Which is why other athletes have rallied to Kaepernick’s cause, trying to keep going the conversation he wants to have, not the lazy sports talk radio fodder that is the flag debate.
Add the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker to the list.
Parker is the first NBA player to take a stand along these lines, although when camps open in three weeks and exhibition games start, I’d be shocked if he’s the last.
Parker isn’t alone wearing that gear, Kaepernick jersey sales have spiked since the controversy started and it is now the No. 1 seller in the NFL. Kaepernick has said he will donate all of his jersey sales proceeds “back into communities.”