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Jabari Parker has Colin Kaepernick’s back

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2016

TORONTO, ON - FEBRUARY 12: Jabari Parker #12 of the Milwaukee Bucks and the United States team dunks in the second half against the World team during the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge 2016 at Air Canada Centre on February 12, 2016 in Toronto, Canada. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

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Colin Kaepernick’s decision not to stand during the national anthem of 49er games has led to a national conversation — more about the flag and what is/is not respecting it than the disregard for the value of black lives in America that Kaepernick wanted to draw attention to. Which is why other athletes have rallied to Kaepernick’s cause, trying to keep going the conversation he wants to have, not the lazy sports talk radio fodder that is the flag debate.

Add the Milwaukee Bucks’ Jabari Parker to the list.


Parker is the first NBA player to take a stand along these lines, although when camps open in three weeks and exhibition games start, I’d be shocked if he’s the last.

Parker isn’t alone wearing that gear, Kaepernick jersey sales have spiked since the controversy started and it is now the No. 1 seller in the NFL. Kaepernick has said he will donate all of his jersey sales proceeds “back into communities.”