Kevin Durant, to Play for US at Olympics, Boycotting National Anthem Since January

Kevin Durant, who is set to play for the United States at the Olympics, and Brooklyn Nets teammate Kyrie Irving, have been boycotting the national anthem before National Basketball Association games since at least January, an author who has written a book about the NBA team says.

Matt Sullivan, who wrote “Can’t Knock the Hustle” which follows the Nets amid a pandemic, claims in a piece in GQ the two NBA all-stars have been walking off the court during warmups and remaining hidden from public view during the playing of the “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

“After he returned to the court in January, Kyrie Irving began slipping out of pre-game warmups ten minutes before tipoff, disappearing into the shadowy tunnel of an arena — and skipping the national anthem,” Sullivan wrote.

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