Islanders RW Josh Ho-Sang supports the NFL and NBA players who took action following President Trump's comments about kneeling during the national anthem.
Being a Canadian, Ho-Sang can't relate to the athletes personally. But he does support their protest because they are standing up for what they believe in.
"I think what the NFL players are doing is amazing. It's good that they're all sticking together," Ho-Sang told Newsday's Arthur Staple. "I mean, I'm Canadian, so I don't have too much input on the matter itself. It will affect me living in the States, but the biggest thing is it's unfortunate that the message may have gotten lost a little. Now it's becoming a battle between the NFL and the president and originally [the protests] started because of police brutality and the mistreatment of different races."
Ho-sang is biracial himself with his father born in Jamaica and his mother in Chile. Though he doesn't see anyone in the NHL kneeling for the anthem, he does like to see fellow athletes speaking out on issues, something he has been a supporter of from the beginning.
"It's good that athletes are using their voices, something I've said multiple times," Ho-Sang said. "As long as they're going in a positive direction that's all that matters. There's no violence now in terms of the players, so that's good as well."
The 21-year-old forward has split time between the Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers last season. With the Islanders, Ho-Sang tallied six goals and four assists in 21 games.