While players kneeled in peaceful protest, San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich and assistant coach Becky Hammon decided to stand during the national anthem Friday night ahead of the team's game against the Kings.
Following the contest, Spurs' DeMar DeRozan gave his thoughts on their decision to stand explaining they had every right to make their own statement how they see fit as well are recognizing the social justice movement still going on at the NBA "bubble" in Orlando.
"Everybody has their own right of making a statement and you can't vilify nobody for not doing what the other group is doing," DeRozan said to reporters following the Spurs' win over the Kings. "It's all out of a genuine, positive side of their heart."
The Spurs recently shared a tweet of what the players will be wearing on their uniforms to raise awareness for social justice. Some players will wear message such as "Black Lives Matter," "Equality" and more.
"On my jersey I will have the word 'Equality', in Italian," Marco Belinelli said. "Beautiful things and terrible things happen in the world, it is right to make yourself heard."
"I did change my name. I'm going to have 'Black Lives Matter' on the back of my jersey," said Jakob Poeltl.
Prior to the game against the Kings, Popovich said players and coaches can decide to demonstrate as they see fit during the anthem. Following the game, he kept the reason why he stood private.
Said Popovich: "I prefer to keep that to myself."