Colin Kaepernick, LeBron James, O'Neal take, others take knee solidarity at NBA restart

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It was a touching moment from the NBA restart, where every single player on both the New Orleans Pelicans and Utah Jazz took a knee in solidarity during the national anthem.

It was quite a statement Thursday evening in the first official game of the NBA restart, which tipped off in the bubble environment at Walt Disney World in Orlando.

It appeared every coach and referee in the building also took a knee alongside stars like Rudy Gobert, Lonzo Ball, Zion Williamson and Donovan Mitchell.

All of the players were wearing "Black Lives Matter" shirts, and were standing behind the BLM art at center court.

The anthem was performed by musician Jon Batiste, an instrumental rendition featuring heavy guitar and piano elements.

The players were arm in arm during the anthem, some players raised their fists.

After the anthem, Shaquille O'Neal praised everyone involved, saying the kneeling was "beautifully done in unity, nice to see."

He added, "We have to continue to fight, continue the movement, now we have to go vote."

Charles Barkley also weighed in, saying, "If people don't kneel, they're not a bad person. I want to make that clear."

Barkley added that if a person chooses not to kneel, "they should not be vilified."

The kneeling movement was started by Colin Kaepernick, who says the point of the demonstration is to put a spotlight on police brutality and social injustice.