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RYAN REAVES EXPLAINS WHY HE DOESN'T KNEEL FOR THE ANTHEM

Matt Dumba caused a stir Saturday when he became the first NHL player to kneel while the American anthem was played in an arena. Dumba was not a participant in the game between Edmonton and Chicago, but was asked to speak at the beginning regarding racism, hatred and the struggle against both. Flanked by fellow black hockey players Malcolm Subban and Darnell Nurse, Dumba, who plays for Minnesota, was applauded by many and criticized by several others.

Another fellow black NHLer, Ryan Reaves, was recently asked if he ever considered kneeling while the anthem was playing, something that is very popular in the NBA and NFL. Reaves, a member of the Vegas Golden Knights, admitted he had thought about it, but explained why he hasn't actually done it.

"It was discussed. You know, I think we wanted to do something as a team. For a lot of guys, kneeling isn't the way they would want to show support," said Reaves. "If we wanted to do something as a team, my big thing was I didn't want anyone to feel uncomfortable.I know that if I said I wanted everybody to kneel somebody, at least one guy was going to feel uncomfortable. I didn't want that. This was the best way to be able to include everyone in it. Have everyone comfortable with what we were doing."



While born in Canada, Reaves holds dual American-Canadian citizenship as his father is American. He is the great-great-great-grandson of Bass Reeves, the first black lawman west of the Mississippi River. Bass served as a deputy U.S. marshal in Fort Smith, Arkansas.

TIM TUCKER
AUGUST 1, 2020  (19H01)
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