Leave it to a hockey player to put things in perspective. Toronto Maple Leafs forward and American superstar Auston Matthews will not be kneeling during the anthem.
While Matthews agreed with reporters that the sports world can play a massive factor in bringing issues to the forefront, he said taking a knee is dishonoring the military.
Matthews was asked if he'd go to the White House if the Leafs win the Stanley Cup and said he would, calling it a “pretty big honor”. The question was asked after a recent controversy in which NBA's Golden State Warriors' star Steph Curry said he didn't want to go to the White House and Trump withdrew his invitation.
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In addition, he said he has friends and family who served in the military and that kneeling or stretching during the anthem is a dishonor to the men and women who fight for the flag.
The Leafs star did, however, support free speech. “You have the right to say whatever you want, so obviously people have taken this time to send a message or make a statement and that's their opinion. They have the right to do that, so good for them,” he said.
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