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Warriors' Durant Supports Kaepernick Standing Up for Beliefs

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    Warriors' Durant Supports Kaepernick Standing Up for Beliefs
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    Warriors' Durant supports Kaepernick standing up for beliefs

    Colin Kaepernick made waves when he elected to sit - and eventually kneel - for the national anthem prior to 49ers games in 2016.

    The action, made known as a protest to raise awareness about social injustice in America, has elicited responses from individuals all over the country, including fellow pro athletes.

    The latest to react to the protest was Warriors star forward Kevin Durant.

    "I'm behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in," Durant told the San Jose Mercury News. "Colin Kaepernick is standing up for what he believes in.

    [POOLE: Steph Curry voices support for Colin Kaepernick]

    "That's what makes our country so great, right? You have the luxury to do so. He was unapologetic about it an, in his defense, I don't think he was trying to disrespect anyone. I think he was trying to get his point across. I'm all for anyone who wants to do that. As athletes, we have this huge platform. A lot of people are watching at all times. Sometimes it may not be what you do, they like. But if you feel like it's gonna be impactful, that's on you. I feel like everyone should stand up for what they believe."

    Two-time reigning MVP Stephen Curry, Durant's new teammate on Golden State, put his support behind Kaepernick.

    Asked by CNBC-TV host Sara Eisen if he had any opinion on the buzz around Kaepernick, Curry didn't hesitate.

    "I love that," he told the network in an exclusive interview. "I love that there's freedom of speech and he can stand for what he believes in. There's going to be people that disagree with him, there's going to be people that agree with him, which is what I think our country stands for, which hopefully will drive the conversation to bettering the equal rights and treatment of African-Americans and people of color.

    "So I applaud him for taking a stand. And, hopefully, the conversation is about what his message was, and not the fact that ‘Is he going to stand' or ‘Is he going to sit' for the national anthem or whoever it is. The conversation started, and continues."

    "I would also add the fact that he's putting his money where his mouth is and donating a million dollars to finding ways to better or to make his message a reality," Curry said. "I hope that all resources and conversation and intellect across the country will be able to figure out a way to make that million dollars as powerful as it can be. He's on the right track."

    Other NFL players have since joined Kaepernick in his protest. Seahawks cornerback Jeremy Lane, 49ers safety Eric Reid and Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall all took a knee during the anthem.

    U.S. Women's soccer player Megan Rapinoe also took a knee before a match. 

    Wide receiver Doug Baldwin in addition promised a "demonstration of unity" before the Seahawks' Week 1 game against the Dolphins, which may involve the entire team.