Cleveland Cavaliers star Iman Shumpert is going to promote social injustice once the NBA season starts next month. The champion basketball player has announced what tactic he will demonstrate in place of the widespread trend of athletes kneeling.
Shump went to Instagram yesterday (September 21) and revealed he would donate money rather than kneel during the 82-game season.
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
Coincidentally, Iman recently hinted at his intent to kneel during the NBA season.
In a new song titled “His Story” that dropped today, Shumpert rapped, “you best believe I’m going to take me a knee for the anthem.” Many athletes, including Megan Rapinoe of the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team and Brandon Marshall of the Denver Broncos, have followed Kaepernick’s lead by not standing during “The Star-Spangled Banner” in order to protest police treatment of blacks in America. (Complex)
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Last week, Miami Heat fanatic Rick Ross revealed his interest in talking to NFL star Colin Kaepernick, who started the kneeling trend, on Instagram.
A few days prior, fellow Southern rapper Killer Mike saluted Kaepernick for protesting the national anthem at an NFL game.