Sabre Okposo Respects Those Taking a Knee During Anthem

But says he personally won't do that

Tom Puckett
September 27, 2017 - 4:00 am

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Buffalo, NY (WBEN) The debate over the anthem has yet to reach the Buffalo Sabres locker room, but one player is talking about it.

"I'm a proud American and proud to be from the United States. I personally wouldn't kneel for the anthem, but I respect those who do," says Buffalo Sabre Kyle Okposo. "I think there's a lot of good and bad on both sides and I think we need to be more tolerant of people and of views in this country. I think protecting the First Amendment is an important thing."

Okposo says the debate does not have to be loud every minute of the day. "If you want to speak out about equality, that's fine, that's your right. It's something when you gotta say something it can make our country better," says Okposo. He says people do come together, regardless of race, and cites the recent hurricane relief efforts.

He also has strong advice for President Trump. "Some of the words coming out of the White House are not as understanding as they should be," explains Okposo. He says the world is watching what Trump is saying and doing. When a person is president, he's accountable for everything said and the weight of the statements and actions is big, and people will take them to heart.

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