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

Iman Shumpert won't kneel during the national anthem after all, but he will donate money to charity for each steal.

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Iman Shumpert will not protest the national anthem after all. Less than a week after declaring, "You best believe I'm going to take me a knee for the anthem," on his song, "His Story," Shumpert has decided to make a donation to charity for each steal during the 2016-17 NBA season instead.

In light of the recent deaths of Terence Crutcher and Keith Lamont Scott, Shumpert took to Instagram to post a picture of his daughter Iman Tayla Shumpert Jr., and reflect on how these tragic events have impacted his outlook on her life, and future. "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," Shump said. "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"

Shumpert also explained how he plans to donate a certain amount of money for each steal to a charity that will "improve the struggle between the badge and the citizen," adding he doesn't believe that "taking a knee is the answer."

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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