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Kevin Durant Shares His Opinion On Colin Kaepernick's National Anthem Protest

The Golden State Warrior is weighing in with his own remarks on Kaepernick's national anthem protest.

It's been a little over a week since Colin Kaepernick decided to protest the national anthem. His gesture has sparked remarks from fellow athletes who either sit or kneel in solidarity with the San Francisco 49ers QB, or those who don't understand his stance at all.

Now, news of Kaepernick's protest has traveled to the basketball world, where Golden State Warrior, Kevin Durant, revealed his opinion on the matter.

“I’m behind anyone who stands up for what they believe in. Colin Kaepernick is standing up for what he believes in," he said per Mercy News. "That’s what makes our country so great, right? You have the luxury to do so. He was unapologetic about it and, 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.”

Durant's teammate, Stephen Curry, also backed Kaepernick, stating, "I love that there’s freedom of speech and he can stand up for what he believes in. There’s going to be people that disagree with him and 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.”

A spotlight on athletes taking a stand against social and racial injustice has remained prominent in the everyday news cycle, primarily with New York Knicks Carmelo Anthony and his prompt to fellow pro-athletes "to step up and take charge.”

“We can’t worry about what endorsements we gonna lose or whose going to look at us crazy. I need your voices to be heard," he said. "We can demand change. We just have to be willing to. THE TIME IS NOW. IM all in. Take Charge. Take Action. DEMAND CHANGE.”

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Quavo Invites Clemson Tigers To QC Headquarters After White House Debacle

The Internet has been dragging Donald Trump and the White House after they treated College Football National Champions, the Clemson Tigers to Burger King and McDonald's during their visit to the nation's capitol. In the midst of their failed visit, Quavo has extended an invitation to the football team to visit the Quality Control headquarters, and he's assured them that they will be treated to far more than fast food.

"I wanna show Clemson Tigers and POTUS how champs are supposed to be treated," Huncho tweeted on Tuesday (Jan. 15). "Ya'll welcome to come by th QC headquarters anytime. Dabbin' Dabo still #GODAWGS. The Stir Fry Way."

As previously reported, the Clemson University football team visited the White House after beating the Alabama Crimson Tide in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship on Jan. 7. It's customary for the championship team to visit Washington, where they are usually treated to a catered dinner by the White House kitchen staff. Only under Trump's administration, the team was given an assortment of burgers and fries.

Following the backlash on social media, Trump and his team blamed the Democratic Party. "Because the Democrats refuse to negotiate on border security, much of the residence staff at the White House is furloughed — so the president is personally paying for the event to be catered with some of everyone’s favorite fast foods,” Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement.

After that lackluster meal, Clemson might want to take QC up on that offer. Check out Quavo's message to the Tigers on Twitter below.

I WANNA SHOW CLEMSON TIGERS AND POTUS HOW CHAMPS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TREATED YALL WELCOME TO COME BY THE QC HEADQUARTERS ANYTIME Dabbin DABO STILL #GODAWGS The Stir Fry Way!

— QuavoYRN (@QuavoStuntin) January 15, 2019

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Gymnast Gets Perfect Score For Michael Jackson-Inspired Floor Routine

Gymnast Katelyn Ohashi is no stranger to a perfect 10.0 on the floor exercise. However, the UCLA team member's Michael Jackson-inspired floor routine for this season is setting the Internet ablaze.

The Seattle native scored yet another perfect floor score in her college career with her viral routine, which is set to a medley of MJ hits such as "The Way You Make Me Feel" and "I Want You Back" by The Jackson 5. Musicophiles can also see and hear Ohashi tumble away to Earth, Wind & Fire's "September" and Tina Turner's version of "Proud Mary."

Not only were her tumbling passes impressive, her energy was not to be ignored. The video was shared to UCLA's Twitter page, where it's been favorited over 600,000 times as of press time, and has been viewed over 30 million times. Senator Kamala Harris, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jemele Hill were among some of the high-profile names who shared the routine to their personal social media pages.

"Her whole floor routine is ridiculously hard," UCLA Women's Gymnastics coach Valorie Kondos Field told the university's newspaper, the Daily Bruin. "Every single thing about it including the backward split that she does after her leap pass — it's insane."

The 21-year-old gymnast has a lot to celebrate. Not only is this another perfect score under her belt, it's a personal victory; she almost quit gymnastics after experiencing intense burn-out. We're glad she stuck with it.

Watch her incredible routine above.

[email protected]_ohashi Congratulations! The ground is no place for a champion. There are no impossible dreams. Keep flying! Keep Hope Alive! https://t.co/lde94cDYYB

— Rev Jesse Jackson Sr (@RevJJackson) January 14, 2019

This is just fantastic. Congratulations, @katelyn_ohashi and @uclagymnastics. pic.twitter.com/DfQW4W05gp

— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) January 13, 2019

Note to self: Go to a UCLA gymnastics meet pic.twitter.com/nrwXtjmBVN

— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) January 13, 2019

READ MORE: Simone Biles Becomes First Gymnast To Win World Championships Four Times

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Nick Cannon Thinks Colin Kaepernick Still Wants To Play In The NFL

Nick Cannon stopped by Skip and Shannon: Undisputed to promote his latest venture, The Masked Singer. The singing competition in which high profile celebrities are placed in head-to-toe disguises and will compete for a grand prize in front of an audience.

The conversation then bled its way into talk about Lebron James new Laker status and his latest assertion that he's the greatest NBA player, to which Cannon agreed. While the round-table discussion was light-hearted and full of quips, Skip Bayless took a serious turn and asked Cannon about Colin Kaepernick and his thoughts on being blackballed from the NFL.

"I've actually worked out with him in New York quite a bit and just watching him throw that ball every morning, getting up at five still going still having that hunger and that passion knowing he should be on a team. And knowing that this is what he dedicated his life to and now he's dedicated his life to his community. He's been torn between the two. But to still see that drive and still see that vigor every morning," Cannon said.

Shannon wondered if Kaepernick has accepted his role as an activist or does he still hold out hope he'll be back on the field.

"I think at the end of the day he's a football player," Cannon asserted. "As much as he cares about the community and he's done a lot of work with the youth and he cares about his foundation you see his passion there. But at the end of the day, he's a quarterback and he wants that, in my opinion."

Watch the full clip below.

READ MORE: Colin Kaepernick May Return To The NFL

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