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Two NBA Hall Of Famers Just Laid Down The Law On Anthem Protestors

William Bradshaw

Earlier this week the “NBA on TNT” crew weighed in on the controversy that has been building regarding the NFL protests of the National Anthem. On hand in the studio were basketball icons Shaquille O’Neal and Charles Barkley who had some pretty pointed opinions regarding what protestors should be doing from here on out.

“I’m sick of hearing about the anthem protests,” Barkley said. “We’re all in this thing together. It ain’t a black or white thing. It ain’t a cop against people. It’s all of us.”

Shaq was equally direct.

“I agree with Chuck — enough talking,” he said. “When are we going to do something about it? The problem has been … when you allow people to deviate from what you’re trying to do, then they can create other problems.”

From IJR:

Shaq explained that protesting during the national anthem has allowed people to criticize the protests as disrespecting the American flag, ultimately distracting from the purpose of the movement: “They always say, ‘We’re not disrespecting the flag.’ But when you allow people to say you are disrespecting the flag by doing it during the national anthem, is the message really being heard?”

Shaq ended with a point that everyone should be able to agree on.

“So now, like Chuck has said, enough talking. Let’s just get something done [and] make this world a better place,” he added.

Watch the video below, via TNT from IJR

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