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Sharks’ Joel Ward will not kneel during national anthems

San Jose Sharks forward Joel Ward will not kneel during the national anthems this season, outlining his reasoning on Twitter.

Ward had been reportedly considering the act as recently as Wednesday.

“I hold an immense amount of respect for the many players – across the sporting world – that have chosen to peacefully bring attention to a couple of big issues in today’s society, which are inequality and the use of excessive force against people of color in the United States of America,” Ward wrote. “Make no mistake that racism exists and that people of color are treated differently and a day-to-day basis.”