NBA legend Kobe Bryant would have joined athlete demonstrations during the national anthem to highlight racial injustice if he were still playing basketball.

“I would have participated in it, for sure," Bryant told the Undefeated Sunday when asked about player protests prompted by former NFL San Francisco 49er Colin Kaepernick, protests which later gained further traction when criticized by President Trump.

“I'm sure I would have gotten some flak for it. That's fine. I think with Colin's message, it was a very simple one. It was police brutality needs to stop. We need to take a look at that,” the former Los Angeles Laker shooting guard continued.

Based on his experience "in the locker room," Bryant said NBA players were generally mindful of the importance of free speech in the U.S.

“I think we understand this is a free country. I think we have the right to peaceful protest," he said, before adding how he believed the American flag symbolized “the ability to speak, the ability to voice your opinion.”

NBA executives have pushed a league rule all season that requires players, coaches, and trainers to stand during "The Star-Spangled Banner."

The Cleveland Cavaliers, however, have