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.”
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:
— Boston Celtics (@celtics) October 4, 2016
The interlocking arms was an homage to a team gesture to raise Civil Rights awareness in the 1960-61 season:
— Chuck M. (@RedsArmy_Chuck) October 4, 2016