Iman Shumpert: Kneeling during national anthem is no longer the answer

Cleveland Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert has not been afraid to voice his opinion on racial inequality within America.

Shumpert released a song last Friday with the lyrics, "Best believe I'ma take a knee for the anthem."

But on Wednesday, Shumpert slightly shifted his stance.

In an Instagram post featuring a photo of his daughter, Shumpert said he no longer thinks kneeling during the national anthem is the answer to alleviating racial tension and inequality.

Shumpert acknowledged the photo with, "I can't explain to her what's going on these says between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us."

Shumpert went on to say that kneeling during the national anthem is not the right measure in addressing police-citizen relations.

"As big as an awareness Kap [Colin Kaepernick] has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today..." Shumpert wrote.

Shumpert also wrote that he intends to donate time and money to "a foundation striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen." He did not indicate which foundation he had in mind.

 

Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace

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