The Friday, July 31, edition of the Deseret News featured a story with the headline, “Utah Jazz, New Orleans Pelicans kneel during national anthem ahead of first NBA game of the restarted season.”

Just before the first note of the national anthem, every coach and player from both teams knelt in front of the words “Black Lives Matter,” painted on the floor. Coach Quin Snyder is quoted as saying, “It’s important for us to be unified and peacefully protest many of the things that are going on in our country right now. And tonight we have an opportunity.” 

My question, after “numerous conversations between players, coaches, officials and the league,” is why they couldn’t accomplish their peaceful protest some other way at the game, besides showing disrespect for the national anthem and the American flag and what they stand for?

Ralph Boren