Iman Shumpert Refuses to Kneel for The National Anthem, Plans to Donate Instead

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The NBA player expressed plans to make a donation to charity for every steal he makes during the 2016-17 basketball season.

NBA player Iman Shumpert is the latest athlete to take a stand against police brutality.

The Cleveland Cavalier recently posted a picture on Instagram of his beautiful daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. with a caption calling for solutions to the growing tension between citizens and the police.

"The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different," Shumpert wrote. "All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal #fear #weprayforpeace."

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Shumpert later declared that every time he makes a steal this season, a donation will be made to charity to "improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen."

Take a good look at my daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr. The moment she was born was the day I saw the world a lot different. All day I wonder how can I raise her the right way and teach her the right lessons. I can't explain to her what's going on these days between the badge and the people. The badge was made to protect us, not scare us. #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace For each steal I’m going to donate money and time towards a foundation(s) striding to improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen. I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized. As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer. This news makes me sick and I am challenging myself to make a difference! #stealthefear #steal🔓fear #weprayforpeace

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"I challenge all sponsors and athletes to match these proceeds to contribute to the cause helping families affected by all the killings leaving families and communities traumatized," he wrote.

Shumpert's decision to donate comes in lieu of protesting of the National Anthem, which he's expressed disapproval of.

"As big as an awareness Kap has raised by taking a knee and the bravery it took for so many to follow I also understand those that fought for that flag have nothing to do with whats going on in our society today and I no longer believe taking a knee is the answer."

Recently, Colin Kaepernick also announced plans to donate $1 million to groups helping communities affected by racial inequality and police brutality.

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