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San Antonio Spurs Make A Statement With National Anthem Video Message

Respected franchise stands for the anthem; Concludes with video message setting new social standard

The Howie Carr Show
October 19, 2017 - 4:04 pm

     The NBA opened their season this week, and it didn't take long for the social microscope to focus in on the pre-game ceremonies. With the national anthem controversy continuing to headline sports news, one respected franchise decided to broadcast their standards for all players and fans to see. 

     The San Antonio Spurs opened the season last night against the Timberwolves. The two teams walked out to their respective foul lines facing one another, and stood with locked arms as the national anthem played. The story truly begins in the moments following the anthem, with the players and coaches remaining at their feet as a message begins to play on the stadium video board. The start of the simple video, which included white text over a black background, played in a shockingly quiet stadium.

“There are things happening in our communities that need our attention. We understand your desire to attend our games as an escape and chosen form of entertainment. In that, we feel there is a significant commonality in all of us that allows our community to be so special.​"

As the second part of the message appears, a stream of applause begins...

“That commonality should include aspirations for social justice, freedom of speech in its many forms, and equal opportunity for education, and economic advancement regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or religion.”

As the third and final message appears, the cheers turn into a standing ovation.

“It is our hope that we can, as a community, inspire and evoke real change. We ask that you join with us in your daily lives in the pursuit of equality. And in that, we honor our country by exercising demands for what this great nation has promised and what our military continues to fight for.”

       With the opinions on anthem behavior ranging like a speedy pendulum, the collective response in the building seemed to have a similar impact as a breath of fresh air. Former Spurs greats Tim Duncan and David Robinson attended the game specifically for the moment, and it was reported that the message was released collectively as a team. 

       San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich, an Air Force veteran, is still an opponent of President Trump. 

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