Isaiah Thomas won’t sit for anthem, but supports those who do

"Everybody has their own reason of doing it."

The Boston Celtics stand for the National Anthem before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers during a preseason game on October 4, 2016 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.
The Boston Celtics stand for the national anthem before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers during a preseason game on October 4, 2016 at the Mullins Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. –Photo by Chris Marion/NBAE via Getty Images

Celtics guard Isaiah Thomas will not be adding his name to the list of athletes who have chosen to sit during the playing of the national anthem, but he doesn’t believe they’re being unpatriotic.

“Stand for what you feel is right,” Thomas told a TMZ reporter. “I’m not going to do it, but that’s those players’ decisions.”

When asked if he thought sitting during the anthem should be considered unpatriotic, Thomas said no.

“I don’t think so. I don’t think it has anything to do with that. I think they’re doing it for a different reason. Everybody has their own reason of doing it.”

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Here’s the TMZ Sports video:

Last year, the Celtics interlocked arms during the playing of the national anthem in a preseason game, promoting “unity” in a video:

The interlocking arms was an homage to a team gesture to raise Civil Rights awareness in the 1960-61 season: