Iman Shumpert to Donate Money for Every Steal Instead of Kneeling for National Anthem

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Cleveland Cavaliers shooting guard Iman Shumpert has watched the continuing controversy over conflicts between African Americans and police spill over into sports with regard to the national anthem. Reflecting on offering the right kind of message to deal with the problem, he has decided to donate money to charity for every steal he collects during the 2016-17 season.

Shumpert announced this via his Instagram account. Showing a photo of his 10-month old daughter, Shumpert wrote that the money would be donated to a foundation that was committed to forging a path of peace between the police and African Americans.

Shumpert also indicated that he respects the awareness created by San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick about the issue. However, he believes that those who fought for the American flag don’t deserve the disrespect that kneeling during the anthem would engender.

Since the Cavaliers won the NBA title on June 19, Shumpert has had the most newsworthy summer among all the members of the team. A cameo appearance with his wife, Teyana Taylor, and daughter in a Kanye West video was then followed last month by a DUI arrest that involved marijuana. Shumpert then cut a rap song that appeared to indicate he would be kneeling during the playing of the anthem.

Shumpert has been practicing with teammates in a minicamp that will precede the team’s actual camp, which opens on Monday with media day.

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Brad Sullivan is a lead writer for Cavaliers Nation. He has spent much of life in the Cleveland, Ohio area, and has remained a Cavalier fan from their 1970 beginnings through the return of LeBron James. While that fandom was sorely tested during the Reign of Error known simply by one word, Stepien, that overall historical perspective will be part of his writing for Cavaliers Nation in the months ahead.