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Heat’s Leonard Explains Why He Stood for Anthem

After having multiple conversation with Miami’s captain Udonis Haslem, the Heat’s Meyers Leonard chose to stand for the national anthem prior to his team’s season reopened against the Nuggets on Saturday, wearing a Black Lives Matter t-shirt.

Leonard explained his decision to stand to the AP, saying that he has a brother who toured Afghanistan twice as a marine, adding “I am with the Black Lives Matter movement and I love and support the military and my brother and the people who have fought to defend our rights in this country. I am a compassionate human being and I truly love all people.”

Heat forward Andre Iguodala said he respected Leonard’s choice to stand, saying “One one hand, we’re saying ‘We want you to see things from our perspective. But by saying that, I also have to see things from his perspective…and I can see where he’s coming from.'”

Is the choice to kneel or stand during the national anthem exclusively expressesd that you’re against the military or against Black Lives Matter?