Justin Anderson is the Atlanta Hawks’ acquisition that has often been overlooked this offseason and for good reason. Atlanta has done another 180 with its roster this year entering year two of the #Schlenk.

Just taking a glance at Anderson’s social media, however, fans may see that Anderson’s personality is not an easy one to overlook. Before touching down in Atlanta, he’s posted pictures with 2 Chainz, Playboi Carti and David Luiz. Anderson even recently uploaded a video montage of him going to Topgolf.

The bottom line is that the impression Anderson gives off on his social media is one of not having a shy bone in his body. That is unless he’s standing next to Beyoncé, of course. That impression continued on Monday.

Just Do It

Nike announced that Colin Kaepernick would be the face of its “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign this Labor Day. Kaepernick has been the center of a nation-wide argument for two calendar years now. This was after NFL Network’s Steve Wyche broke that he wasn’t standing for the anthem in protest of the racial inequality he’s seen in America.

Following the season he took his stance, no NFL team decided to sign Kaepernick. Overall quarterback play in the league during the 2017 year was tough to watch at times. Kaepernick was never an elite level quarterback in the league but he, statistically speaking, had a better case than Taylor Heinicke, who completed one career pass for 10 yards before starting for the Houston Texans in the season finale.

Not standing for the flag caused a huge uproar with citizens who believed the stance was disrespect to the American flag and the military. The protest also resulted in a huge wave for Kaepernick. His jersey still finished in the top-50 for sales despite being a free agent last season.

Some fans have decided to boycott the NFL because other players followed Kaepernick and protested the anthem. Other fans are boycotting the NFL in support of Kaepernick and his former pro bowl teammate Eric Reid not being signed as well.

Many consumers announced the end of their support for Nike after the announcement on Monday. Other consumers and public figures, like Anderson, announced their support for Nike and Kaepernick after the announcement.

Current Hawks speaking out

Vince Carter was one of the main faces on the front lines, along with Garrett Temple last season, when speaking out about the death of Stephon Clark as a member of the Sacramento Kings. Jeremy Lin has also been very vocal throughout his career about a host of social issues.

Taurean Prince has tweeted his disagreements with President Donald Trump after being hesitant to answer political questions when he first entered the league.

Kent Bazemore made headlines when he publicly came out as a supporter of Trump in the 2016-17 season in a story broken by ESPN TrueHoop’s Eric Yeboah.

Showing support at all times

Last season, the team decided to lock arms during the national anthem before every game.

All-in-all, no players are considered the outspoken athletes in regard to social issues in the franchise. That is said with the exception of perhaps Lin.

Anderson only tweeted twice. Despite that, he acknowledged that a large moment in the intertwining world of sports and politics occurred is something that’s fairly different with the organization. That hasn’t happened since perhaps Thabo Sefolosha.

The perspective that Anderson can bring continues to add on to the #Schlenk and the new-look Hawks as they attempt to connect with the Atlanta community.

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Content Creator at Armchair Atlanta Hawks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Life growing up as an Atlanta sports fan prepared me for the worst. Consistent moments of cliff-hanging excitement ultimately leading to crushing heart ache time-after-time soften the blows of life’s disappointments. Any number of rejection letters for internship programs or scholarships I received while I was a student at Georgia State University didn’t compare to seeing the Hawks going to 10 consecutive postseasons with zero conference finals wins or the Braves winning 14 consecutive division titles with only one world championship to show for it. I grew up in the era where Mike Vick emerged as king, before becoming Inmate No. 33765-183- and so goes life.
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Content Creator at Armchair Atlanta Hawks , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
Life growing up as an Atlanta sports fan prepared me for the worst. Consistent moments of cliff-hanging excitement ultimately leading to crushing heart ache time-after-time soften the blows of life’s disappointments. Any number of rejection letters for internship programs or scholarships I received while I was a student at Georgia State University didn’t compare to seeing the Hawks going to 10 consecutive postseasons with zero conference finals wins or the Braves winning 14 consecutive division titles with only one world championship to show for it. I grew up in the era where Mike Vick emerged as king, before becoming Inmate No. 33765-183- and so goes life.

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