LeBron James explains what he plans to do during the anthem

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The national anthem protests that have taken place in the NFL over the past month have really caused controversy in the United States of America.

Following recent shootings of black men by police officers in the USA, the question has been put to almost every NBA player: Will they be following the lead of American footballers?

While there is a general consensus that the NBA will see anthem protests, the league's biggest name, LeBron James, has said he will not be joining them, but still stands behind the message that San Franciso 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has been trying to portray to people.

The three-time NBA champion said: “I’m all in favor of anyone, athlete or non-athlete, being able to express what they believe in in a peaceful manner and that’s exactly what Colin Kaepernick is doing and I respect that.

“When I’m passionate about something I’ll speak up on it, so, me standing for the national anthem is something I will do. That’s who I am, that’s what I believe in.

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"But that doesn’t mean I don’t respect and don’t agree with what Colin Kaepernick is doing. You have the right to voice your opinion, stand for your opinion and he’s doing it in the most peaceful way I’ve ever seen someone do something.”

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