TNT host and former NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is not a big fan of staging social justice protests during the playing of the national anthem. O’Neal told a group of reporters that he would try and do something “much bigger.”
O’Neal made his comments after being asked about the NFL’s national anthem protests during a conference call with the media, where he was promoting the upcoming season of TNT’s “Inside the NBA” pregame show.
The former Lakers center noted that he thinks protesting during the national anthem is needlessly provocative and begs a misunderstanding of just what issues the protesters are trying to highlight, USA Today reported.
“When you do it at a moment during the National Anthem — and I know people say it’s not about the flag, and I believe that it’s not about the flag — but when you do it in that moment, there’s a large majority of people that say you are disrespecting the flag and they won’t even listen to your conversation,” O’Neal said.