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Metta World Peace explains why he wouldn’t kneel if he were still playing.

Metta World Peace discuses the kneeling protest.

Metta World Peace, NBA’s 2004 Defensive Player of the Year and 2010 NBA Champion with the Los Angeles Lakers, weighs in on Jonathan Isaac.

Isaac was the only player on the Orlando Magic standing when everyone else on the team decided to kneel during the National Anthem on Friday. The 2004 NBA All Star, formerly known as Ron Artest, told TMZ that he would not kneel either.

”I think everybody deserves to have an opinion. You know, me personally, I wouldn’t kneel either. Ain’t no way I’m not kneeling to anyone,” he told TMZ. “I’m not kneeling to someone I don’t like. I’m not kneeling for forgiveness.”

When it comes to Isaac, Metta is in support that Isaac is entitled to his own opinion and making his own decision. People should do what they feel is right, Metta said. As Metta supports the Black Lives Matter movement, he does appreciate the players who are kneeling. However, Metta would simply protest in another form. For him, taking a knee is symbolic to another action.

”I just wouldn’t kneel because if I kneel I am submitting to my enemy. I would never kneel to my enemy,” Metta said.

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— Metta World Peace (@MettaWorld37) June 6, 2020

When it comes to the Black Lives Matter movement, Metta and his son have been seen protesting in the wake of George Floyd’s police involved death in May.

Kneeling during the National Anthem was a silent protest former NFL player Colin Kaepernick started his final year in the league in 2016. This was Kaepernick’s form of standing up for black people and other people of color who are victim to police brutality and racism as a whole. Recently, members of the NBA, WNBA and MLB have participated in protests to bring awareness to racial injustice and systemic racism in the United States.

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Lee Zeldin on Israel-UAE peace deal: Middle East nations realizing Iran is the threat, not Israel

Middle East nations are realizing that Iran is the "existential threat" in the region rather than Israel amid the Trump administration's recent diplomatic efforts, Rep. Lee Zeldin, member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said on Friday.

“What we saw yesterday was a big development because Israel is surrounded by all these different countries, many of whom do not recognize Israel’s right to exist, there isn’t any type of normalization of relations,” Zeldin, R-N.Y., told "Fox & Friends."

Zeldin said that the U.S.’s move to establish “diplomatic ties” to “trade, technology, energy, tourism,” will hopefully lead to other countries following suit.

“I think you have, primarily, two different elements that are driving these dynamics: one, is a concern by many countries in that region by Iranian aggression. They are realizing that their real existential threat is not Israel, it’s Iran.”


President Trump on Thursday announced what he called a “Historic Peace Agreement” between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, saying they agreed to “full normalization of relations.”

Israel and the UAE also said they will continue their efforts to “achieve a just, comprehensive and enduring resolution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”



Zeldin said that the view that Israel was the aggressor started in the Obama administration. Zeldin said that the Trump administration promised to Middle East countries that the U.S. will “prioritize improving relations with Israel and Israel’s stability in the Middle East.”

“The Obama administration was treating Israel like Iran and Iran like Israel.

“The Iranian piece is a part of it, especially after the nuclear deal," Zeldin said, adding that Trump should be considered for a Nobel Peace Prize.

"Obama earned it just by showing up and getting elected."

Joshua Q. Nelson, is a reporter for You can find him on Twitter @joshuaqnelson.

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