Kriss Akabusi says he would have taken the knee 'if his career depended on it'

The gesture spread across the sporting world as a statement against racism and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement

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Kriss Akabusi believes that taking the knee has “become a bit ritualistic now”.

The gesture spread across the sporting world as a statement against racism, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

But speaking on GB News’ Talking Pints, Mr Akabusi told Nigel Farage that he thinks the effect of the gesture has begun to wear off.

When asked whether he would take the knee if he was on an athletics track, Mr Akabusi said: “I understand why it all kicked off and that was awful what happened to that chap.

Kriss Akabusi speaking to Nigel Farage
Kriss Akabusi speaking to Nigel Farage
Taking the knee spread across the sporting world
Taking the knee spread across the sporting world

“But I don’t know now, a year and a half later, whether football players kneeling before a match means anything more than the kick off or anything else they do.

“It's become a bit ritualistic now.

“Would I have done it? If my athletic career depended on it, yes.”

His comments come after Donald Trump’s former Secretary of Defence says the ex Prime Minister wanted Black Lives Matter (BLM) protesters shot in the legs during a protest outside the White House.

Mark Esper, Mr Trump's former Secretary of Defence, says Trump raged in the Oval Office as the BLM movement took to Washington in 2020.

Mr Trump is reported to have said: "Can’t you just shoot them? Just shoot them in the legs or something?"