“I don’t know what his status is in the NFL, but I’m glad the NBA doesn’t have a political litmus test for our players, I’d like to think we encourage our players to exercise their constitutional rights.
It’s not quite that simple, but a couple of NBA players had Cuban’s back.
Let’s be honest: When Kaepernick took a knee to make his protest, he knew it could cost him money and his future prospects on some NFL teams, and he felt it was worth it to do it. NBA players knew they would get fined for kneeling and did not make that same protest, and Adam Silver did help make sure that happened.
However, that doesn’t change the core issues — if an NBA player kneeled during the national anthem he would get fined but it wouldn’t keep him out of the NBA. Cuban is right. The younger, more urban, left-leaning NBA demographic would not have the same reaction that has blacklisted Kaepernick, and with that owners wouldn’t care. The NFL is different that way.